Miami weather forecast: Some rain then a cold front

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People line up to order hot chocolate and churros during a previous cold front.

El Nuevo Herald File

The cold returns to Miami. And by cold, we mean around 60. Time for a sweatshirt, and maybe some churros and hot chocolate?

The cold snap — and in South Florida, it is — will start Monday night and stretch through Tuesday.

The front will start to move across South Florida around noon Monday, which could mean rain first, according to the National Weather Service. This will pave the way for cooler, drier air in the afternoon and into the night.

“Tuesday morning lows will be about 10 to 15 degrees cooler” than Monday’s early temperatures, the weather service said on Twitter.

“Brief relief from the winter heat,” WSVN-Channel 7 meteorologist Vivian Gonzalez told her Twitter followers on Monday.

And when we say heat, we mean it. Did you feel it this weekend, with highs in the 80s? The weather service says we broke records in the state. Miami hit 82 and Fort Lauderdale 83, for example.

The top will still reach around 80 on Monday, but that won’t last long. And after cooling to around 60 in the evening and early morning, the high will only reach the mid-70s on Tuesday before cooling again to the mid-60s.

Enjoy while it lasts. The afternoon high is expected to return to the 80s later in the week, although forecasters say the overnight lows will fall below 70.

Across Florida, the Panhandle received a light dusting of snow early Monday, according to The Associate Press.

The last time the Florida Panhandle experienced significant winter conditions was in January 2018, when a storm dumped snow in Tallahassee for the first time in three decades and forced the closure of schools, offices and a stretch of Interstate 10, the AP reported.

“Well, how’s that for a temperature change?” From 75 degrees at 3 p.m. to snowing at 3 a.m.,” the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. “Get together over there!”

This story was originally published January 3, 2022 8:44 a.m.

Day Editor Jeff Kleinman, born and raised in South Florida, oversees breaking, public service and trending news coverage.

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