Across South Florida, those checking the temperature on their smartphone and other automated weather sites may be seeing numbers that would make anyone sweat.
It’s 104 degrees in Pompano Beach and surrounding areas.
The National Weather Service says a malfunctioning sensor is to blame. It has been giving out the wrong temperature for that Broward city since Saturday.
To make things worse, the mistake has been repeated on South Florida smartphones, newspapers and television station weather sites and people have assumed the high temps are all over South Florida.
“The sensor is giving out the wrong temperature, but we can’t fix it from here. A part has to be replaced in that city,” said Evelyn Rivera, a meteorologist with the service, which has received several calls about the fake record-breaking temperature reading.
The sensor, called an Automated Surface Observation Sensor and located at the Pompano Beach Airpark, won’t be repaired until later this week and will continue giving out the faulty temp. It’s the only sensor that has malfunctioned.
So how hot has it really been?
“The typical temperature this weekend in South Florida has been 90 degree and that’s typical for this time of year,” Rivera said.