Miami surpasses a heat record set during WWII-era. When will South Florida chill out?

Miami on Sunday felt the sizzle of a historically hot day — surpassing a record that had been anchored in place for the past 82 years — but rest assured, South Florida, the National Weather Service says cooler days are ahead.

With Sunday’s reading of 89 degrees at Miami International Airport, the mark beat a World War II-era record of 87 degrees set on Nov. 27, 1940, weather service meteorologist Luke Culver told the Miami Herald. Meanwhile, at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, a reading of 88 degrees tied with a record first noted on Nov. 27, 1948 — and repeated on Nov. 27, 1976.

“We have a really strong area of high pressure which, combined with southwest winds, is allowing high temperatures today to be well above normal,” Culver said.

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Dade, Broward weather outlook this week

The unusually hot temperatures are expected to continue though mid-week with highs in the mid 80s, but Culver noted that a cold front could make conditions prime for sweater weather across South Florida.

Over the weekend and into next week, the high temperatures could be in the upper 70s and the lows in the mid- to upper 60s, Culver said.

The workweek is set to start with patchy fog Monday morning in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, according to the weather service. Temperature highs will be in the mid 80s and lows in the lower 70s.

Forecasters expect a high in the lower 80s on Tuesday and a high in the mid 80s with a 30% chance of rain the following day.

On Thursday, the weather service is predicting a slight chance of rain with a high in the lower 80s and a low in the lower 70s. Friday is expected to be partly cloudy with a high around 80 and a low in the lower 70s.

Miami set Sunday a high temperature record that had held for 82 years, but cooler days are ahead for South Florida, according to the National Weather Service.
Miami set Sunday a high temperature record that had held for 82 years, but cooler days are ahead for South Florida, according to the National Weather Service.

Watch out for rip currents

Are you hitting the beach this week? Here’s a few tidbits of info to consider.

There is a low to high risk of life threatening rip currents across parts of South Florida on Monday, according to the weather service. From Tuesday to Thursday, the risk is high in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Swimming is not recommended when the rip current risk is high and beachgoers should heed the advice of local authorities, the weather service warns.

There is a high risk of life threatening rip currents across most of South Florida from Tuesday to Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
There is a high risk of life threatening rip currents across most of South Florida from Tuesday to Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.