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Temperatures to plunge into 50s this weekend

Temperatures will plunge into the 50s this weekend, bringing a few days of refreshing fall weather or, depending on your perspective, a frigid period that must be endured until the South Florida you signed up for returns to normal.

A strong Arctic cold front sweeping across North America will drop overnight lows in most areas to the 50s.

Expected to arrive Friday evening, the front will hold weekend highs to the 60s, according to the National Weather Service.

Coldest will be areas farthest from the ocean, with inland areas of Palm Beach County, such as the towns on the shore of Lake Okeechobee, experiencing lows in the upper 40s, said Larry Kelly, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami. This will be well below typical lows for this time of year, which typically are in the mid-60s, he said.

Such temperatures may not seem frigid to South Florida’s many transplants from New York, Cleveland, Buffalo or Boston, but for a region in which it’s possible to find an apartment that has air conditioning but no heat, this is pretty cold.

Still, South Florida is getting off relatively easy. Northern cities, such as those around the Great Lakes, have seen temperatures plunge into the 20s, with snow flurries following close behind, as the front passed over them.

After the weekend, temperatures will gradually start to rise, with highs reaching the mid-70s by Tuesday, but nightly lows still in the 50s and 60s.

dfleshler@sun-sentinel.com, 954-356-4535

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