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Rainy season ends, cooler weather on the way

As of Monday, the five-month rainy season came to an end, the National Weather Service in Miami said Tuesday. That’s about two weeks ahead of schedule.

Temperatures and humidity levels have dropped, the afternoon rain pattern has dried up and more comfortable conditions have arrived, meteorologist Robert Molleda said.

“It’s a time of year when most people start to head outdoors to enjoy the milder temperatures and lower humidities,” he said. ”It’s more comfortable.”

One of the reasons the dry season started early: Tropical Storm Nicole, or what was left of it, rode in on a cold front that delivered cooler, drier air over the state last week, the weather service said.

In the not-too-distant future, possibly by early November, the region might feel the first truly cool to cold conditions, as more cold fronts will start to descend from Canada and make their way toward Florida.

Yet the hurricane season continues until the end of November, and Florida needs to remain alert, Molleda said.

“We’re definitely in the latter part of the hurricane season,” he said. “But in October we’re still prone to getting hurricanes.”

The rainy season produces about 70 percent of South Florida’s annual rainfall. Although the dry season has arrived, it doesn’t mean the region won’t see a rainy day here and there, Molleda said.

“But rain becomes more the exception,” he said.

It also doesn’t mean that we won’t see more sweltering days with temperatures in the 90s. But at least for the next week, readings should be mild in the mornings and warm in the afternoons, the weather service said.

In short, if there is such a thing as fall in South Florida, we’re almost there, said meteorologist Joel Rothfuss.

“We’ve had a distinct change in the temperature and humidity, so yes, fall is knocking on our door,” he said.


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