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Cold Temperatures For Florida This Christmas Day

Christmas Day is off to a cold start and with a wind chill advisory for the Gulf coast and the interior until 10 am, so bundle up if you’re going outside.  The day features lots of clouds and the chance of a passing shower, so plan on indoor festivities.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents remains along the Palm Beach County coast, and there’s also a moderate rip current risk at the beaches of Broward, Miami-Dade, and Collier counties.  Highs on Sunday will be in the mid-50s in the east coast metro area and the low 50s along the Gulf coast — not a record for December 25, but too close for comfort.

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Monday will bring another cold morning with lows in the 40s, so dress warmly if you’re planning on early bargain hunting at the local mall.  The day will again be on the cloudy side, and the east coast metro area could see a quick shower as a slow warming trend begins.  Monday’s highs will be mostly in the mid-60s in the east coast metro area and in the low-60s along the Gulf coast.

Tuesday will feature a rather chilly start, with lows in the 50s.  Then we’ll see a mix of sun, clouds, and possibly a stray shower in the east coast metro area, while the Gulf coast will enjoy a mostly sunny day.  Tuesday’s highs will be in the low 70s in the east coast metro area and the upper 60s along the Gulf coast.

Wednesday will be more like typical late December weather in South Florida, with plenty of sun and a few clouds on an ocean breeze.  Wednesday’s highs will be mostly in the upper 70s in the east coast metro area and the mid-70s along the Gulf coast.

Thursday’s forecast calls for good sun, clouds at times, and maybe a stray east coast shower.  Highs on Thursday will be near 80 degrees in the east coast metro area and in the low 80s along the Gulf coast.

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.

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