Palm Beach County came within one degree Wednesday of tying the record high for that day when the thermometer reached 88 degrees, but relief is fast on its way.
The are may have inched closer to the record high for Feb. 13, set in 1905, but we haven’t seen the last of our winter cool snaps.
A strong cold front is forecast to arrive by Saturday morning and drop temperatures into the 40s across the region by Sunday morning.
“This will probably be a quick shot,” said Robert Molleda, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Miami office. Sunday afternoon, temperatures may top out in the 60s, but by Monday we’ll be into the mid-70s.
The cold snap also won’t be record-setting, according to weather service records. The coldest morning of this snap will see temperatures near 40 degrees in most places — maybe some upper 30s near Lake Okeechobee — but the record low in West Palm Beach for Feb. 17 is 35 degrees set in 1996.
This month’s average temperatures have remained near normal, meteorologist Evelyn Rivera said.
For those who love basking in warmth while friends and family shovel snow up north, we’ll get more of that next week. For those who like to pile on a few extra blankets on cold mornings, Molleda notes that South Florida will likely get a few more of those days too.
“We can get cool masses even into April. In March, we still have our share of cold fronts. How cold it will get? Obviously it doesn’t get as cold later in the season, but we’ve had freezes in South Florida even into early March,” Molleda said.
Today’s forecast calls for high temperatures in the mid- to upper-70s for Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
“People may be complaining it’s too warm, but people up north would love our weather,” Molleda notes. “This is nowhere near what our summer are. It may be warm, but not that warm. When you put it in perspective, it’s a lot easier to take.”
The warm does begin to break today as clouds roll in ahead of that strong cold front bringing a 50 percent chance of rain. Palm Beach County has seen a rainfall total of .06 inches so far this month, Rivera said. The normal rainfall total for February is 1.24 inches.
“At this point, we are expecting some rain with this front if it stays strong,” Rivera said.
Friday’s forecast is also mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain and high temperatures that hit the upper 70s. But temperatures do fall to 60 overnight as cooler air makes its way to town.
The weekend gets off to a pleasant start with Saturday highs near 75 degrees with a breeze and some sun. The brrrr comes that night when temperatures fall into the 30s and 40s into Sunday morning.
Sunday’s daytime temperatures are expected to struggle to get out of the 60s, and fall again at night into the 40s.