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While the U.S. freezes its you-know-what off, Miami is sweating its you-know-what off

Another December day in Miami that challenges the hardy locals to remember sunscreen isn’t just for summer.
Another December day in Miami that challenges the hardy locals to remember sunscreen isn’t just for summer. dneal@MiamiHerald.com

Some parts of the country were happy their Sunday temperature broke 0. In South Florida, the temperature flirted with heat records, but didn’t quite get there.

The National Weather Service forecast predicted Miami and Fort Lauderdale would come close to their Dec. 18 record high of 87 degrees.

“They were close, but they didn’t break the record,” meteorologist Steven Ippoliti said.

In Miami, Sunday’s high was 86 degrees, and in Fort Lauderdale, temperatures topped out at 84 degrees.

On Saturday, Miami reached 85, tying the record high for Dec. 17 set in 1965.

A polar vortex elsewhere. A solar vortex here.

Meanwhile, parts of the Midwest hoped for partial thaw. And we’re not just talking about parts of Minnesota such as International Falls (not to be confused with the Bullwinkle and Rocky fictional town, Frostbite Falls), where it was minus 24 Sunday morning.

Denver, which usually gets cold enough to snow and stays warm enough to play in it, was below zero Saturday night. In Chicago, temperatures climbed all the way to 6 degrees by late Sunday morning.

Monday’s forecast is also teetering toward record highs.

Miami is predicted to have a high of 84 degrees (the Dec. 19 record is 85). In Fort Lauderdale, the forecast calls for a high of 83 degrees (the record there is 86).

“No cold air yet,” Ippoliti said.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

Miami Herald writer Carli Teproff contributed to this report.

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