Posted: 1:43 pm Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
By John Nelander
With all of the rain we’ve had over the past six weeks, and the cold snap in March, heat hasn’t been in the news much this year. But, at least along Florida’s East Coast, there has been a continued trend toward very warm nighttime temperatures.
A record warm minimum temperature of 78 was tied at Vero Beach on Monday, matching the mark set in 2005. Tuesday morning’s low temperature at Palm Beach International Airport was 78, just shy of the record of 79 set in 2010.
The low in Palm Beach this morning was 79.
Looking at the June records in this category at PBIA, half of them (15 of 30) were set after 2000. In both Miami and Fort Lauderdale, 12 of 30 were set after 2000; and in Naples, nine of 30 were set after 2000.
Granted, there’s not a lot of play in this category since the average low temperature for June 12 is 74 in Naples; 74 in West Palm Beach; 76 in Miami and 77 in Fort Lauderdale.
Record warm minimum temperatures did make news in Florida earlier this year. In January, PBIA set new marks for warm minimum temperatures four nights in a row, from Jan. 10-13. Lows at the beach were in the mid-70s, and there was one balmy January low of 76 degrees at the Lake Worth Pier.
Record high minimum temperatures were likewise set in January in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Naples.
Miami also set record high minimum temperature marks on April 19 (78), April 17 (77), April 12 (77), April 11 (76), and Feb. 26 (75). Some of the previous records had stood for more than 100 years.
PBIA set minimum temperature records on April 19 (77), April 11 (75), and Feb. 26 (75).
The July record warm minimum temperature at PBIA occurred on the 28th and 29th — 85 degrees set in 2011.
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The next best chance of rain for coastal Palm Beach appears to be Friday as winds switch to the southwest, the National Weather Service in Miami said.
The NWS’ Weather Prediction Center is forecasting a little over an inch of rain in South Florida through Saturday, with the heaviest amounts falling in interior locations. Otherwise, the weekend is expected to be mostly sunny in Palm Beach with highs in the upper 80s.