Cold snap but no record on Space Coast as warmer weather set for later this week

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Space Coast residents awoke to one of the coldest mornings of the winter season but already, weather officials say, a short warm-up is on the way.

Windy weather on the Indian River Lagoon. Siblings Rhett and Mae Allen watch the waves smashing against area just east of the Eau Gallie Causeway Bridge, in Melbourne.
Windy weather on the Indian River Lagoon. Siblings Rhett and Mae Allen watch the waves smashing against area just east of the Eau Gallie Causeway Bridge, in Melbourne.

The bone-chilling weather came over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, dropping overnight temperatures.

Tuesday's overnight temperature bottomed out at 40 degrees as residents returned to work and school. Several cold-weather shelters across Brevard were also opened to those without adequate heating.

Crew members from U.S. Lawns getting ready to move to another location after working the grounds at the Brevard County School Board offices in west Viera on a cold weather on MLK Day Monday, January 17.
Crew members from U.S. Lawns getting ready to move to another location after working the grounds at the Brevard County School Board offices in west Viera on a cold weather on MLK Day Monday, January 17.

“We’re going to start to see a warming trend. Last night was the coldest night, we got down to 40 degrees. But it was nowhere near the record. That was 24 degrees, set in 1977,” said Kole Fehlin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Melbourne.

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The cooler weather was felt as far as Miami, which had a mid-morning temperature of 64 degrees on Tuesday.

There were also some reports of patchy frost in parts of Central Florida.

The cool down was the result of a cold front that swept across the state over the weekend, bringing a line of severe storms and spawning two tornadoes in west Florida.

The weather gradually began warming up Tuesday.

“We’ll have a high of 74 for Melbourne on Wednesday. Another cold front could move into the area by the weekend, bringing rain and cooler temperatures.”

An area of building high pressure, along with mostly clear skies will stave off the cooler weather, allowing the temperatures to reach the upper 70s.

The rain chances increase to about 40 percent for the county by the end of the week.

Nighttime temperatures will hover in the mid-to-upper 40s for Brevard.

J.D. Gallop is a Criminal Justice/Breaking News Reporter at FLORIDA TODAY. Contact Gallop at 321-917-4641 or jgallop@floridatoday.com. Twitter: @JDGallop.

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