Temperatures across South Florida were mostly in the 40s Friday morning, but seemed colder because of a blowing wind from the northwest.
Friday’s high temperature will be about 61 — with the wind blowing from the northwest at about 8 mph.
On Thursday, a freeze warning was issued for western Palm Beach County and frost advisories were issued for western Broward and Miami-Dade counties, as South Florida braced for the arrival of the worst of this week’s cold weather.
The weather service said the coldest temperatures could be expected this morning with conditions expected to gradually warm over the weekend.
The freeze warning, which applies to Wellington and other western Palm Beach County cities, runs until 9 a.m. Friday.
Although temperatures will be unseasonably low they are unlikely to set any records, said Stephen Konarik, senior forecaster for the National Weather Service. But temperatures will be the coldest across much of the region since the last serious cold snap in December of 2010.
The cold snap prompted Broward to open its cold weather shelters for homeless people Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. Shelters are at The Salvation Army, 1445 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale and Broward Outreach Center, 2056 Scott St., Hollywood. A pickup spot is at Pompano Beach City Hall, 100 W. Atlantic Blvd.
Also opened as cold-weather shelters were the Central Homeless Assistance Center, operated by the Broward Partnership, and the North Homeless Assistance Center, operated by Broward Outreach in Pompano.
Palm Beach County opened two cold weather shelters at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The shelters are at Westgate Community Center, 3691 Oswego Ave., West Palm Beach and West County Senior Center, 2916 State Rd. 15, Belle Glade.
The weather will begin warming up this weekend, with lows rising to the 40s and upper 50s on Saturday and highs back to the mid-70s by Sunday.
Next week, highs will return to the upper 70s, said Larry Kelly, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami.