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While the Rest of the Country Froze Wednesday, Miami Set a Record High

Most of the United States is mired in the grip of a full-on Arctic blast, one that hasn’t been seen in the U.S. for several years. But one place is not only escaping the bitter cold; it’s setting record highs while the rest of the country freezes.

Miami, Florida saw its high temperature on Wednesday soar up to 87°, breaking a 116-year daily record for December 14th. Highs all around central and south Florida rose well into the 80s, including Fort Myers (82°), West Palm Beach (84°) and even as far north as Orlando (84°), all coming within a few degrees of tying a daily record.

Pensacola, Florida, in the state’s panhandle, set a record on Tuesday as well (80°).

Yes, conventional wisdom about Florida might lend to many thinking “well, isn’t Miami always warm?”. Not quite. In December 2014, highs only topped out in the 60s on the 9th and 10th of that month. On December 22nd, 2012, lows dropped into the upper 40s in Miami. Cool spells are common in south Florida in December, but so far this month, the average high has been 81.6°, well above the monthly average high of 78­°.

Temperatures moderate in and around Miami into the start of the weekend, but they’ll rebound early next week above average once again and into the low 80s under plenty of sunshine.

So if you’re planning on escaping the cold of the north for the Sunshine State, now looks as good a time as ever to head to Florida, particularly the balmy south side of the state.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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