Florida kicks off the week with coldest temperatures of the season

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The coldest weather of this season hit South Florida Monday morning. Throughout the week, temperatures could reach close to freezing or feel that low, and widespread frost can be a threat to sensitive plants and crops if left uncovered.

A light northwest wind set the stage for widespread temperatures in the 40s in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Parts of Broward even saw temperatures hit the upper 30s along with a frost advisory for much of the morning. Palm Beach and Okeechobee countries were affected. 

At 7 a.m., it was 46 degrees at Miami International Airport, beating the last temperature record set on Dec. 26 of 47 degrees.

With temperatures this low, South Floridians may catch a glimpse of falling iguanas. This is when iguanas’ blood becomes so cool that they slow down and eventually lose their grip on tree branches.

Once the sun warms up later throughout the day, they are able to move normally again. 

This cold blast is officially the coldest of the season thus far. Currently, the lowest temperatures of the winter recorded Monday are 46 degrees in Fort Lauderdale, 47 degrees in Miami, and 59 degrees in Key West.

Temperatures will have a hard time reaching the 60s this afternoon, and the high for Monday is only 67 degrees.

This Week Ahead

Monday: Sunny with a high of 66 degrees and a 2 percent chance of rain.

Tuesday: Overcast with a 5 percent chance of rain and a high of 73 degrees.

Wednesday: 4 percent chance of showers with a high of 74 degrees.

Thursday: High of 74 degrees with an 11 percent chance of rain. It will rain early in the morning with clouds in the afternoon.

Friday: Mix of sun and clouds with a few showers in the afternoon. There is a 31 percent chance of rain and a high of 77 degrees.

Saturday: Overcast with some afternoon showers. High of 77 degrees and 31 percent chance of rain.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a high 69 degrees and a 32 percent chance of rain.

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