Hang up the heavy coats — warmer weather is ahead for South Florida

The rest of the country is expected to get a break from the arctic air that has brought heavy snow and freezing temperatures.

01/07/2014 11:11 AM

01/08/2014 8:23 AM

Don’t like this cold weather? Don’t worry. It won’t last long.

By Wednesday afternoon, temperatures are expected to reach the low 70s. By Thursday and Friday, they will climb into the 80s.

“Looks like we are going to be back to normal soon,” said Chris Duke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami-Dade. “This was a fast-moving front.”

On Wednesday morning, South Florida felt the 50s and 60s and saw some rain.

The quick blast of cold weather Tuesday morning brought temperatures of 40s in some parts of the county and it created a far different scene across South Florida than what had been common so far this winter - people sunning on the beach in bathing suits.

According to the weather service, Miami's high of 58 on Tuesday was the coldest for the date on record, which was previously 61 in 2006.

A couple sitting bundled on the sand on Hollywood beach felt it.

“It's a great break from the South Florida heat,” said Jose Rodriguez as he embraced Ana Jean-Pierre for warmth.

Another man, John Doria, wore a wet suit to take in the surf.

“It's cold for us, but not for places like Chicago,” said John Doria's father Chuck, who watched his son catch waves.

While Florida enjoys its warm-up, the rest of the country is expected to get a break from the arctic air that has caused tons of snow and freezing temperatures.

But winter isn’t over just yet, Duke warns.

“We got at least another month or two where we can expect cold weather,” he said.

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