Santa should enjoy some cooler - but far from cold - weather in South Florida.

Santa should enjoy some cooler - but far from cold - weather in South Florida. (Joe Cavaretta, SunSentinel)

By the time Santa arrives in South Florida late tonight, temperatures should be cooling down, dipping into the 60s.

While that's not exactly chilly, after two record warm nights, it should be a refreshing change.

South Florida's Christmas Eve forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with afternoon highs in the upper 70s, overnight lows in the low to mid 60s and a 30 percent chance of rain. It also should be breezy.

The cooler air comes courtesy of a cold front. Christmas, Wednesday, should be a few degrees warmer.


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Central Florida's Tuesday forecast: Partly sunny and breezy with highs in the upper 60s, lows in the mid 40s and a 30 percent chance of rain.

White Christmas: From weather expert Jim Lushine:

How close are we to having a white Christmas this year? About 1,200 miles, as the closest snow is in Detroit, Mich.

The weekend rain and warmth has melted much of the snow in all but New England. Despite the lack of snow, it will be typically cold in the northeast U.S., with high temperatures ranging from 32 at Washington, D.C., to 27 at New York City to 22 in Boston.