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Year-end forecast: Sunny, but cool; rip currents a risk


Look for a dry, cool, blue-sky end to 2017 this New Year’s Eve day.

That doesn’t mean you should ring out the old year at the beach. 

RELATED: Break out that new sweater and boots: It’s going to get chilly

A lingering ocean swell is creating a risk of dangerous rip currents. “If you choose to enter the chilly surf,” cautions the National Weather Service, “only do so near a lifeguard.

As for boating, seas in the Gulf Stream are expected to be up to 6 feet. 

On land, Sunday should be sunny with highs in the low 70s and northerly winds around 5 mph, forecasters say. By the time we ring in the new year, look for partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies.

The first morning of 2018 should see lows along the coast in the upper 50s. 

New Year’s Day is expected to be rainy, with highs near 74, but low temperatures will dip to the 40s by week’s end. 

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It’s all part of a strong cold front hitting on New Year’s Day. Those seas and the rip currents are only going to increase as a result, and, combined with winds and large breaking waves, high tides might trigger some minor coastal flooding, according to the Weather Service.

It could be worse: Overnight lows near or below freezing are possible in east central Florida in the next several days.

Related:

• Deep South braces for blast of freezing weather as 2017 ends

• Extreme cold to test New Year’s revelers; some events iced



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