South Florida

South Florida opens cold weather shelters as the first real chill arrives

People wait for a place to stay at the Salvation Army of Broward County in this January 2018 file photo.  Due to the cold, the shelter turned no one away.
People wait for a place to stay at the Salvation Army of Broward County in this January 2018 file photo. Due to the cold, the shelter turned no one away. Miami Herald File

The first real cold snap hit South Florida Tuesday night, with temperatures expected in the 50s across South Florida.

By 9 p.m. Tuesday, it was already 59 degrees in Palm Beach and just a few degrees warmer in Miami-Dade and Broward.

The low Tuesday night and early Wednesday was forecast at 53 degrees in Miami-Dade. It’ll remain chilly, with a high of just the mid-60s and dipping down again into the mid-50s Wednesday night.

Broward is expected to be even cooler, with a forecast low of 49 degrees Tuesday night and 54 on Wednesday, before temperatures climb again on Thursday.

But the wind chill factors will make it feel even colder — the mid- to upper 40s in Broward. As you head north up the coast, it could feel in the 30s, according to the National Weather Center.

With the chill, Broward County declared a One-Day Cold Weather Emergency from 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Broward set up the following pickup and/or shelter locations for transportation or access to these special cold-night shelters.

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Cold weather shelters map for Broward County, Nov. 27-28, 2018. Broward County

These are:

Pompano Beach City Hall, 100 W. Atlantic Blvd. on the Southeast Corner. This site will function as a pickup center for transport to a shelter.

The Salvation Army, 1445 W. Broward Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. This site will function as a pickup and shelter location.

Broward Outreach Center, 2056 Scott Street in Hollywood. This site will function as a shelter location only.

“If the weather forecast changes to predict warmer or colder conditions, cold weather emergency shelter nights may be canceled or extended,” according to the county.

Questions or need additional information on the homeless plan for your area in Broward? Call the Homeless Helpline at 954-563-4357.

Miami-Dade’s Homeless Trust has also implemented its Cold Weather Service Plan and extended it through Thursday morning. The group started sending out teams Tuesday afternoon and into the evening to offer homeless people a space in area shelters.

The help line number in Miami-Dade is 877-994-4357 and will be answered from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The Wednesday morning low in Palm Beach is expected to be 46 degrees — 17 degrees cooler than normal for this time in November, according to the Palm Beach Post. Wednesday’s high in Palm Beach won’t likely be warmer than 64 degrees — 14 degrees below the norm.

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.