Baby, it’s cold outside. Like hot chocolate and churros cold.
South Florida saw its coldest temperatures of the season overnight, with people waking up Monday to chilly temps and forecasters talking about frozen iguanas. In other parts of Florida, it was colder, with lows dipping into the 20s. People in the Tampa Bay area, for example, woke up to frost.
Turn on the heater. Throw on your boots and grab a cup of joe because the week will warm up before it gets possibly even colder on Saturday night.
Here’s a look at how chilly it got in the Sunshine State:
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How cold did it get in South Florida?
No records were broken in South Florida, but it did get cold, according to the National Weather Service. The coldest temperature forecasters saw in Miami-Dade County was 43 degrees in North Miami, Miami Shores, the Hialeah area and the Country Walk area in West Kendall.
In Broward County, the coldest it got was 42 degrees in the Miramar and Plantation area. In the Florida Keys, the lowest it got was in the upper 40s around Key Largo.
Here’s how cold the National Weather Service says your community got Monday morning:
In Miami-Dade County:
▪ North Miami and Miami Shores: 43 degrees
▪ Near Miami International Airport: 44
▪ Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Kendall, Miami Beach and Homestead: 45
▪ Near Downtown Miami: 45 and 46
▪ Surfside and Aventura: 46
▪ Key Biscayne: 47
In the Florida Keys:
▪ Key Largo: 48 degrees
▪ Marathon: 54
▪ Key West: 59
In Broward County:
▪ Miramar and Plantation: 42 degrees
▪ Davie and Fort Lauderdale: 43
▪ Hollywood and Pembroke Pines: 44
▪ Weston: 45
How cold did it get in other parts of Florida?
▪ West Palm Beach: 41 degrees
▪ The Tampa Bay area: Recorded temperatures between the 20s and 40s. Williston was one of the coldest with 24 degrees. At Tampa International Airport, it was 35 degrees.
Frosty morning in the Old Northeast and North East Park neighborhoods of St. Petersburg. Low elevation and relative distance from the Bay allowed for efficient radiational cooling in the more exposed areas. #flwx @NWSTampaBay pic.twitter.com/RDqDCEnZSy
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▪ Sarasota Bradenton International Airport: 37
▪ Tallahassee: 27
▪ Central Florida: Temperatures ranged from the upper 20s to lower 40s. At Orlando International Airport, it was 36 degrees. The coldest temperatures, in the upper 20s, were recorded in the more rural locations of Lake and Volusia counties.
Keep those coats handy
The Miami-Dade area is expected to warm up Tuesday — don’t put your coat away just yet.
On Saturday night, it may get even colder than Monday, with temperatures as low as in the high 30s in some parts of the county, Barry Baxter, a forecaster of the National Weather Service in Miami, said Monday night. “We are talking about six days away, so things can change,” he said.
Rain showers are possible Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, he said, as a disturbance moves from the Gulf towards South Florida.
Tuesday’s highs will be in the mid 70s, according to the weather agency. From Wednesday to Friday, the highs are expected to increase slightly to the upper 70s.
Herald Staff Writer Omar Rodriguez Ortiz contributed to this report.