Three Straight Days of Record Highs in South Florida
Once again, it’s Florida soaking up the heat while the rest of the country recovers from an epic weekend deep freeze. And once again, it’s the Sunshine State basking in multiple days of record warmth while much of the rest of the country sets record lows.
Fort Myers, Florida hit 87° on Tuesday, tying a daily record and making it the third consecutive day that the city has either tied or beat a record high, continuing an impressive streak of warmth across central and south Florida over the month of December. For Fort Myers, Tuesday’s record high made it the third-straight day the southwest Floridian beach destination set a new record high. Nearby Naples, Florida also set a daily record of 88° on Tuesday as well.
But there’s more to it than even that. On Monday, Fort Myers’ high of 91° not only set a daily record, it marked the warmest December temperature on record in the city.
Miami, Tampa, West Palm Beach and Key West, Florida also set records earlier this week.
The forecast, however, moderates the heat across south Florida through the rest of the week. A slow-moving cold front will start to moderate temperatures by mid-week, with highs closer to average (upper 70s and low 80s) later this week, but under a blanket of tropical sunshine.
Looking for a last-second warmup spot before the holidays? The Sunshine State is usually a safe pick for an escape from cold temperatures further north, but even more so this December.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Featured image: Pompano Beach, FL sunrise on Tuesday courtesy of @Anddrighetti35 on Twitter