Expect temperatures in the 40s this weekend.

Expect temperatures in the 40s this weekend. (Sarah Dussault, SunSentinel)

Brace yourself for some shiver weather this weekend.

Thanks to a strong cold front, widespread showers should move in on Thursday, followed by a cool to cold weekend, with temperatures dipping into the mid 40s across the metro areas on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Far inland areas, notably in Palm Beach County, could see the upper 30s, the National Weather Service in Miami said.

After an abnormally warm and dry winter so far, it should be a “break in the pattern,” said meteorologist Robert Molleda.


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“If it gets down into the lower 40s, it would be the coldest weather so far this winter season,” he said.

Thursday’s forecast officially calls for mostly cloudy skies and a 50 to 60 percent chance of rain. Some areas could receive 1 to 2 inches of rain by Friday morning, but most of the region should see showers, said meteorologist Stephen Konarik.

“This will be the best chance of rain we’ve had in a while," he said.

Considering moderate drought conditions have developed over parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties, the rain will be welcomed, forecasters said. Since Nov. 1, most of the South Florida has recorded 6 to 9 inches less rainfall than normal.

Cooler conditions should settle in by Friday night, when temperatures are expected to drop into the upper 50s and low 60s. Saturday afternoon should be mild with temperatures in the mid 70s while Sunday afternoon should be sunny and cool with readings in the low to mid 60s.

Sunday night and Monday morning also should be cold, with temperatures in the mid to upper 40s.

“After a cool Monday morning, we’ll start to see temperatures moderate again,” Molleda said.

The same cold front should chill out the rest of the state. Temperatures on Saturday night are forecast to plunge into the upper 30s in Orlando, the low 30s in Jacksonville and possibly the upper 20s in Tallahassee.  

kkaye@tribune.com or 954-572-2085.