A Cold Front Is Finally Coming to Florida

Jonathan Belles
Published: November 8, 2019

A big change is coming to Florida: a strong cold front in time for the weekend.

We've all seen the maps like the one below that shows Florida sticking out like a big, red sore thumb when the rest of the country gets cold. But a cold front is about to extinguish the heat across the Sunshine State, taking the humidity along with it.

This cold front will arrive on the leading edge of the first of two plunges of Canadian air that will sweep across the eastern half of the United States through the middle of next week.

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Forecast Highs on Friday

Afternoon highs are expected to drop by 5 to 10 degrees after this cold front sweeps through the state.

Temperatures will drop to a few degrees below average for early to mid-November across northern and central Florida, while South Florida will drop to about average.


Forecast Highs Into Next Week

Perhaps the bigger change with this cold front will be a big drop in humidity over the weekend.

Unlike the rest of the Lower 48, Florida usually has to wait for a strong cold front to get any relief from the sultry tropical air that lingers from early summer through the autumn months.

This cold front will bring some of the first long-lasting drier air in months.

Dew points – a measure of moisture in the atmosphere – will drop from the summerlike low-70s into the more comfortable 50s and low 60s this weekend. The higher the dew point, the more muggy it feels.


Forecast Dew Points Into Next Week

In addition to lower moisture levels this weekend into early next week, the lower dew points will also allow temperatures to fall a bit more overnight.

Morning lows will drop from the low to mid 70s across Florida's peninsula on Friday morning down to the 50s and 60s this weekend and into early next week for much of the state. South Florida will remain warm, with morning temperatures stuck in the low 70s along the Atlantic coast, but even there, lows will be a couple of degrees cooler.

These cooler temperatures might stick around – there's a second, stronger cold front that will arrive in the Sunshine State in the middle of next week, bringing a reinforcing shot of cooler or drier weather.

Record Warmth in October

Most counties and cities across central and southern Florida saw their warmest or second-warmest October on record, according to NOAA's October Climate Report.

A few of the cities that had their warmest October include Miami, Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach and Daytona Beach.

Temperatures compared to average in October 2019.
(NOAA)

Miami had nearly 120 days of high temperatures that reached at least 90 degrees this summer.

And the record heat didn't stop in November – at least one monthly record was broken in South Florida, while numerous daily record highs were set in the first few days of November.

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