South Florida is shivering this morning, blanketed with arctic air. Far western areas might even see some patchy frost. But at least it isn’t snowing.
Wednesday, Florida was the only state in the nation without any snow cover. Even Hawaii had seven inches atop Mauna Kea, the state’s highest point.
Locally, temperatures were forecast to be in the mid to upper 30s in Palm Beach County on Wednesday night, with wind chill readings in the upper 20s. In Broward, the forecast was for temperatures in the low to mid 40s, with wind chills in the 30s.
By mid-afternoon, highs will be in the low to mid 60s; by Friday it should reach the lower 70s.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday that 2010 tied 2005 as the warmest year on record worldwide. Globally, the combined land and ocean surface temperature last year was 59.72 degrees, about 1.12 degrees warmer than the 20th century average.