South Florida is about to chill out again, only this time the shiver weather should stick around for several days and nights, thanks to a series of cold fronts.
The first wave of cold air should arrive Tuesday night, as temperatures are forecast to ease into the upper 50s and low 60s. Then the bottom falls out.
The mercury is expected to plunge into the mid to upper 40s on Wednesday night and the low to mid 40s on Thursday night. Far inland areas, notably in Palm Beach County, might see readings in the upper 30s.
High temperatures should remain the in upper 60s and low 70s on Wednesday - and the upper 50s on Thursday, party darn nippy by South Florida standards.
“We’re not talking record-breaking cold here, but since it’s been a warm winter so far, it’s going to be kind of a novelty,” said meteorologist Robert Molleda of the National Weather Service in Miami.
The chilly conditions should extend through the weekend, possibly longer. While Tuesday and Wednesday are forecast to be mostly cloudy with a 20 to 30 percent of rain, Thursday through Sunday should be mostly sunny and clear.
Because winds are predicted to gust to 20 mph on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, “feels-like” temperatures will feel that much colder. Beyond that, the winds should be relatively light, Molleda said.
Last week, temperatures briefly fell into the upper 40s and low 50s on Tuesday morning, and cool conditions lingered into Wednesday, the result of quick blast of arctic air.
With waves of cold projected to cascade over the region Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, the region likely will see the most frigid temperatures – and the longest lasting bout of chilly weather – of the season, Molleda said.
He noted that January is normally the coldest month of the year in South Florida.
“Every winter, we get at least one fairly extended cold weather event,” he said. “So it’s definitely not unusual for this time of year.”One-hundred year flood: From weather expert Jim Lushine: