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More cold: Freeze alert issued for inland South Florida on Friday morning

Dressed for the cold, Bobbi Sherman, 2, runs with Rascoe the Siberian Husky at a park in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.
Dressed for the cold, Bobbi Sherman, 2, runs with Rascoe the Siberian Husky at a park in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

“Wind chill factor” could be dirty words for a tourism czar.

But when the rest of the country is freezing its tail off, what’s a little fling with the 40s?

“The only ‘chill’ in Miami is what our visitors are doing as they enjoy our destination,” said Rolando Aedo of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.

South Florida will be under a wind-chill advisory until 9 a.m. Thursday and again Friday morning, which is predicted to be the coldest of the year so far according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to dip to 44 with a wind chill factor of about 32 degrees Thursday night and Friday morning.

Also, the weather service has issued a freeze warning from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday for inland portions of South Florida, where temperatures could dip to 32 degrees.

"Freezing temperatures are expected which will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation," the weather service said in an alert issued on Thursday.

Bring in your plants and pets, said Kim Brabander, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

James Whitworth, director of operations for the Miami Rescue Mission says the locations are ready with extra cots, mats and meals. “The most important thing is getting people off the street,” he said.

John Alger, president of Alger Farms in Homestead, blessed the rains Wednesday morning. “Mother Nature and God gave us a gift last night,” he said.

Thursday’s high will be 56, and a warming trend into the 70s begins by Saturday.

Winds are expected to reach up to 26 mph Thursday.

Another godsend, Alger said. “Wind is the enemy of frost.”

Tips to make the most of the big chill

Rolando Aedo, executive vice president for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, offered the following tips for things to do as temperatures dip below South Florida’s norm — aside from trips to the malls and parks, which can be a treat on chilly days.

▪ In honor of Miami Romance Month, cuddle up and enjoy some of Miami’s most romantic deals at www.MiamiRomanceMonth.com

▪ There’s nothing like bourbon to keep you warm. Get your drink at The Regent Cocktail Bar on the corner of James and 17th Street in South Beach.

▪ Hit the Ice Skating Rink at the Miami Beach Edition Hotel, 2901 Collins Ave.

▪ Enjoy one of Miami’s heritage neighborhoods with a hot chocolate and churros in Little Havana.

▪ Get toasty next to the fire pit behind the Grove Isle Hotel in Miami or The Standard in Miami Beach.

▪ Watch a movie at O Cinema Wynwood.

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