As if life wasn’t hard enough right now, Florida is scorching. And that’s not a joke.
The Sunshine State is on track to have the warmest April in years as its recent weather continues to shatter daily, monthly and even year-to-date records. This week has seen highs nearing the 90s and lows in the high 70s. Sounds like a premature summer, right? Well, that’s partly because it is. Our current average temperature of 81.4 is on par with that we’d expect to experience near the end of May or early June. Right now, Miami heat is running eight weeks ahead of schedule.
The average temperature during the first half of April (1-15) was 81.4°F in #Miami. That is a new record for the period, toppling the previous 79.4°. Also, an average temperature of 81.4° is the normal for May24-June8... we're about *8 weeks* ahead of schedule!! #FLwx #climate pic.twitter.com/60KahVYiPG— Brian McNoldy (@BMcNoldy) April 16, 2020
The warming trend has been with us since the beginning of 2020 when Miami saw the hottest start to the year to date. Since then, we’ve had eight days of 90° weather (up from six previously) and have broken the record three times for the earliest hottest weather of the year. To unpack that further, South Florida combined (Fort Lauderdale, Miami and the Keys) has broken 20 record warm temperatures in the last 10 days along.
Thankfully, there’s somewhat of a brief reprieve coming our way. Miami could cool down to the mid-80s this Friday with about a 40-percent chance of showers. On Saturday, we get the warm, humid aftermath of rainstorms in Florida: temps will shoot back up to the 90s for the rest of the weekend. All the more reason to stay hunkered down indoors.
We can only hope afternoon showers and thunderstorms keep temperatures in the 80s Thursday and Friday in South Florida. And then we’re back in the record heat. pic.twitter.com/kqTLL74vE1— John Morales (@JohnMoralesNBC6) April 16, 2020
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