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Rain On The Way And 2015 Record Heat

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Jan. 2, 2016 – Rain is on the way to South Florida on Saturday, followed by significantly cooler air on Monday. But Saturday will start out warm and mostly dry, with morning lows in the 70s. Temperatures will reach the low 80s, and showers will start to move in during the afternoon, in advance of a front that will slowly work its way south.

image5Look for a rainy evening, and that trend will continue on Sunday, with clouds and showers keeping highs in the upper 70s.

The front will finally clear South Florida early on Monday, and we’ll see lows in the 60s followed by highs that struggle to reach the low 70s. Tuesday morning will be quite cool, with lows in the 50s and maybe a few readings in the low 60s at the coast.

A warming trend will begin on Tuesday, but moisture will return as well, so look for highs in the mid to upper 70s along with showers and clouds.

Showers will linger on Wednesday as highs reach the upper 70s. Thursday will be drier and warmer, with morning lows near 70 degrees, a few showers, and highs around the 80 degree mark.

And just how hot was 2015? According to the National Weather Service it was a record breaking year. Here’s a chart looking at the temperatures for the past 10 years for South Florida.


Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.