Can fall knock down heat or will summer temperatures linger?

NOAA's 3-month temperature outlook leaves plenty of uncertainty for South Fla.

By Jennifer Correa - Meteorologist
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PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. - Summer 2016 has been hot and humid, not only in South Florida, but for much of the United States. With the start of fall season just five days away, many South Floridians are thinking, 'When will the weather cool down?'

NOAA's Climate Prediction Center has released its three-month temperature outlook for the nation. Based on the outlook, from October to December, the nation will barely get relief from this summer's scorching heat waves.

On the nation's map, a little more than three-quarters of the U.S. is expected to experience fall temperatures that will be above normal. The probability for above-normal temperatures is the highest over the Southwest region.

A little closer to home, South Florida can actually experience lower than normal temperatures from October through December, or the opposite. This doesn't say much except that there is uncertainty about what to expect for South Florida during the fall.

Could South Floridians still be feeling too warm, too cool or just normal?

One thing is certain -- fall arrival in South Florida is expected by the beginning of November in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. It can even arrive as early as Oct. 30 for Homestead.

Of course, fall's arrival may be delayed if the cooler air takes a little longer to sweep through the Sunshine State. In the meantime, South Floridians will have to keep their fingers crossed for fall to be on time.

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