Frozen iguana alert: It’ll be a cold, cold Christmas. But something rotten comes first
The coldest Christmas of the century in South Florida is yet to come. So get ready. Get your churros and hot chocolate now and watch out for falling iguanas.
The National Weather Service forecast temperatures in the 40s on Friday night, with wind chills in the 30s in most areas outside of southeast Florida, and that forecast hasn't changed.
The projected high for Christmas in South Florida is only 63 degrees, and according to the weather service, 2000 was the last time the high was that low.
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What has increased on the last day, however, is the storm probabilities for Christmas Eve, which precedes the arrival of the cold front.
Originally at 30%, the storm probability is now 60%.
According to the weather service, some thunderstorms are possible on Thursday afternoon until late at night, with the interior and north of South Florida expecting the brunt. "Although this is unlikely, short gusty winds are possible with more activity," as well as a low probability of flooding in heavy rain. A gargoyle cannot be ruled out either.
The strong cold front first arrives at the panhandle on Thursday morning. CBS 4 meteorologist Jennifer Correa said the front should find its way into South Florida just after midnight with a series of showers and some of those storms.
"The serious threat will decrease as it approaches our area, but there may still be a gusty shower or storm with this front overnight," she said on Twitter.
Temperatures begin to warm after Saturday when that night's low is 55 and then rise for the remainder of the weekend.
Miami-Dade, Broward Protects
The shelters in Miami-Dade and Broward are open until the day after Christmas.
For assistance with housing the homeless, call the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust helpline at 877-994-4357 or 305-375-2273.
Broward County's one-day cold weather emergency begins at 6:00 p.m. Friday, Christmas Day to Saturday.
Homeless people in need of protection are advised to contact the Salvation Army at 1445 West Broward Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale by 5:30 p.m. Friday at the latest for transportation or access to special overnight accommodations.
If you need assistance in Broward, call the Homeless Helpline at 954-563-4357.
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