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It was Miami’s Coldest Morning in a Decade

Millions of Floridians experienced the coldest air in several years Wednesday morning, and in some places, the coldest in nearly a decade.

Arctic air engulfed the state Monday and Tuesday, which sent temperatures well below normal for the first time in many weeks. Low temperatures ranged from the upper 20s in the Panhandle to near 40 in Miami.

The list below includes official low temperatures from Wednesday morning, compared to the last date it was that temperature or lower.

  • Miami: 40, last time 12/28/2010
  • Fort Myers: 35, last time 1/18/2018
  • Sarasota: 37, last time 1/18/2018
  • Tampa: 36, last time 1/18/2018
  • Melbourne: 36, last time 1/18/2018
  • Orlando: 36, last time 1/19/2018
  • Daytona: 35, last time 1/19/2018
  • Naples: 41, last time 3/15/2018
  • West Palm Beach: 41, last time 11/29/2018

Brisk northerly winds added insult by making these already cold numbers feel even colder. Wind chills fell all the way to the freezing mark near Miami, and were as low as the lower 20s across the northern third of the state.

Warmer air is forecast to replace the Arctic air mass and by the end of the week high temperatures should return to normal.

Sources include nearest National Weather Service office, National Hurricane Center, and the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (@FloridaStorms).
Sources include nearby emergency management agencies, FEMA, and your local NPR affiliate. 
Sources include the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Highway Patrol and other nearby traffic information.

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