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Florida Is In For A Drastic Temperature Drop Tonight

Friday features a wet start followed by a drastic temperature change as a strong cold front moves in.  Look for showers and some storms during the morning.  Clouds and showers will give way to a mix of sun and clouds in the afternoon.  The Gulf Coast will be breezy, and all of South Florida will see temperatures drop during the late afternoon and throughout the evening.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents is in place along the Palm Beach County coast and at the Gulf beaches, and there’s a moderate rip current risk at the beaches of Broward and Miami-Dade.  Highs on Friday will be in the low 80s in the east coast metro area and the upper 70s along the Gulf coast — but look for bitterly cold temperatures by Saturday morning.

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Saturday will bring wintry cold to South Florida, including morning lows in the 40s and a wind chill advisory for the Gulf coast, the interior, and extreme western sections of Broward and Palm Beach counties.  The day will be partly sunny but with a chilly breeze, which will be gusty near the Gulf coast.  Christmas Eve will be cold, mostly cloudy, and with the chance of a shower.  Saturday’s highs will only be in the upper 50s in the east coast metro area and the mid-50s along the Gulf coast.

Christmas Day will feature another cold morning with lows ranging from the upper 30s in western sections of South Florida to the mid-40s at the Atlantic coast.  The day will be cloudy with periods of showers — making for the coldest Christmas Day we’ve seen since the 1980s.  Sunday’s highs will only reach the mid-50s in the east coast metro area and the low 50s along the Gulf coast.

Monday will start with another cold morning, with lows in the 40s.  Look for a mix of sun and clouds, along with periods of showers in the east coast metro area, as a slow warming trend begins.  Monday’s highs will be in the mid-60s in the east coast metro area and the low-60s along the Gulf coast.

Tuesday’s forecast calls for a chilly start, plenty of clouds during the day in the east coast metro area, and partly sunny skies with a few showers along the Gulf coast.  Highs on Tuesday will be near 70 degrees.

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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