If you are one of those people who said this was the warmest winter ever in South Florida — you weren’t imagining things.
The average temperature in Miami for December, January and February was 74. 2 degrees, breaking the record of 73.4, set in 1931-1932. In Fort Lauderdale, the average was 73.3, breaking the record of 72.9, set in 2007-2008.
“The people who said we didn't get much winter weather were quite accurate,” said Stephen Konarik, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
The extreme heat can be blamed on high pressure in the Southeastern United States that blocked cold fronts from hitting South Florida, Konarik said.
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The averages, released Wednesday, account for the meteorological winter — which runs from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28, unlike the astronomical winter, which runs from Dec. 21 to March 20.
Miami broke two other records this year. First, there were 22 days in the three-month stretch that went above 85 degrees. The longest previous stretch was 13 days, which happened in 1989-1990.
And for the first time in recorded history — records go back to 1895 — there wasn’t one day between December and February that the temperature dropped below 50 degrees.
“There were a few days that had below-normal temperatures, but they were far outweighed by the number of days with above-normal temperatures,” Konarik said.
As for March, it’s not looking like South Florida is going to see much relief.
“We will probably see a lot of the same,” Konarik said.