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South Florida braces for coldest night of the year

Temperatures drop to the 40s overnight in South Florida

South Florida is in the grips of a cold snap. It is the kind of weather worthy of heated car seats. It is also the kind of weather that has been known to stop iguanas in their tracks.
South Florida is in the grips of a cold snap. It is the kind of weather worthy of heated car seats. It is also the kind of weather that has been known to stop iguanas in their tracks.

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – South Florida is in the grips of a cold snap.

It is the kind of weather worthy of heated car seats. It is also the kind of weather that has been known to stop iguanas in their tracks.

The stage is set for Miami-Dade and Broward counties to see the coldest temperatures so far this winter season. As skies remain clear, northwest winds continue to transport chilly air over the region.

Temperatures dropped to the 40s Wednesday morning across South Florida and are only expected to warm up slightly with highs in the mid-60s throughout the day.

Chief Meteorologist Betty Davis said Tuesday that “Scarce clouds Wednesday night and lighter, north winds should provide just the right atmospheric conditions for temperatures to drop even lower.”

South Florida is in the grips of its coldest temperatures of the winter.
South Florida is in the grips of its coldest temperatures of the winter.

That is when Miami-Dade and Broward may achieve the coldest temperatures so far this season. Miami could dip to 43 degrees Thursday morning. That would outdo the 47 degree temperatures recorded on December 26, 2020, the city’s coldest temperature so far this winter. It would not be surprising to see 30s in some inland neighborhoods.

On Wednesday morning, Miami was recording a slightly warmer temperature of 52 degrees.

Will it be cold enough later for iguanas to rain down? National Weather Service forecasters remind Floridians: “Iguanas are cold blooded. They slow down or become immobile when temperatures drop into the 40s. They may fall from trees but they are not dead.”

The cold weather comes to an end Friday. Seasonable temperatures return with lows near 60 degrees and highs in the upper 70s across South Florida.

The Homeless Voice made their rounds across Broward County Tuesday as temperatures began to drop. The outreach team provided blankets, gloves, shoes and meals to the homeless who are frail or afraid to go to cold weather shelters because of COVID-19.

The team also checked vitals to ensure people are staying healthy during the cold snap.

“A lot of shelters aren’t taking people because of Covid,” said Homeless Voice Director Sean Cononie. “They don’t have enough sick rooms. So what you are providing is really a necessity. Mask, hand cleaners, sleeping bags, blankets, thermo sleeping bags, blankets and PPE.”

Broward County has declared a one-day cold weather emergency, effective from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 8 a.m. Thursday as the National Weather Service is predicting low temperatures overnight, including wind chill in the upper 30′s to low 40′s in Broward County.


About the Authors:

Betty Davis is the chief certified meteorologist for Local 10. She provides weather forecasts for South Florida Monday-Friday during the 4, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. 

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.