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Temperatures in South Florida expected to plunge to the low 40s early Sunday

Put away the flip flops and break out the sweaters everybody — even if only for a few days. The weather in sunny South Florida is taking a trip toward the cold side.

Temperatures were expected to dip to the low 40s overnight early Sunday morning, then rise as high as 61 degrees.

“It’s definitely going to be a chilly day by South Florida standards,” said Robert Molleda, meteorologist for the national weather service. “It’s going to be a brief cold snap.”

For most of the waking hours, weather conditions are expected to lull around the mid 50s with wind gusts as high as 22 miles per hour, Molleda said.

There was no need to take extreme measures on local farms, although Molleda advises that some tropical plants may be need to be brought indoors for the few days of colder weather.

Beth Frye, a sales clerk at Burr’s Berry Farm in West Miami-Dade, said they were not preparing much for the plunging temperatures.

“We are not doing any drastic measures,” Frye said. “But we are keeping an eye out if temperatures go down to 30 or 32-ish.”

The strawberries should appreciate the weather, she said. “They like it a little bit cooler and drier than it has been lately.”

But the cold will be short lived, expected to snap back to normal early in the week.

By Monday, it will start to feel warmer as the high is predicted to inch up to the mid 40s and 50s.

Broward County issued a cold weather advisory late Saturday, authorizing pick-ups for the homeless at three locations in Hollywood at the Broward Outreach Center, at 2056 Scott St., in Pompano Beach at City Hall, at 100 W. Atlantic Blvd. and in Fort Lauderdale at the Salvation Army, at 1445 W. Broward Blvd.

Broward County buses will pick up people to be taken to shelters at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.

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