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FORT LAUDERDALE — South Florida will start to feel like South Florida again Tuesday, as the region emerges from its coldest spell in more than a decade.
Though South Floridians awoke to temperatures in the 40s on Monday, the Broward metro area will reach the mid-70s Tuesday and Wednesday, climb to the upper 70s Thursday and peak at about 80 degrees Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Miami.
Nights will still be cool, but nothing like the weekend, when nighttime temperatures dipped into a range more characteristic of Cleveland than Miami. Nighttime lows this week will be in the 60s, not the 30s and 40s of the past few days.
Monday’s low in Fort Lauderdale and Miami was an unseasonable 44 degrees, while temperatures in West Palm Beach fell to 41, according to the National Weather Service. Western Broward and Palm Beach counties experienced temperatures in the low 30s.
This was a change from the near-record lows in South Florida just a day before, when the low for Fort Lauderdale was 40 degrees, just 2 degrees above the record low of 38 degrees set in 1978, National Weather Service meteorologist Sammy Hadi said.
In West Palm Beach, the low dipped down to 37 degrees, just 2 degrees shy of the record low of 35 set in 1966. In Miami, the low reached 42 degrees, a far cry from the record low of 36 set in 1940.
Temperatures were in the low 30s across Glades, Hendry, interior Palm Beach, and interior Collier counties, as of 7 a.m. Monday, the National Weather Service reported.
Belle Glade had a low of 36, while La Belle and Immokalee dipped below freezing with temperatures at 31 and 30, respectively. Everglades City plunged to a frigid 29 degrees.
Lows through the rest of the week are not expected to drop below the mid-60s, according to the National Weather service.