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Baby it’s cold outside: Temperatures dip into 40s in parts of South Florida

Love it or hate it, there's no denying it was cooler than usual in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Some South Florida residents woke up Tuesday with temperatures in the 40s.

The coolest spot was Kendall, where temperatures dipped to 48 degrees Tuesday morning.

Key West was the warmest spot at 65 degrees before sunrise.

A cold weather emergency was declared for Broward County in advance of the cold front.

“This is freezing," Lauderdale-by-the-Sea resident Rebekah Allen told Local 10 News. "This is probably the coldest day of the year.”

Still, that didn’t mean it wasn’t a welcome change.

“I love it,” Allen said. “It’s a nice change.”

The 24-hour temperature change ranged from 12 degrees in Key West to 22 degrees in Boca Raton.

This graphic illustrates the 24-hour temperature change throughout South Florida. (WPLG)

“These numbers a good 20 to 22 degrees cooler than this time yesterday morning,” Local 10 News meteorologist Brandon Orr said.

The cooler temperatures meant South Florida residents had to dust off those boots and jackets before stepping outside.

“I think people like to come out,” Lauderdale-by-the-Sea resident Sandra Booth said. “I think they like to put on their boots and their sweaters and come out and go shopping.”

About the Authors:

Trent Kelly is an award-winning multimedia journalist who joined the Local 10 News team in June 2018. Trent is no stranger to Florida. Born in Tampa, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he graduated with honors from the UF College of Journalism and Communications.