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Feel that chill in the air? Winter in Miami is here

A recent windy day on Virginia Key on Dec. 21, 2018 as part of a recent cold front. The cold front coming Jan. 5, 2019, won’t bring such high winds, just lows in the 60s but rip tides, too.
A recent windy day on Virginia Key on Dec. 21, 2018 as part of a recent cold front. The cold front coming Jan. 5, 2019, won’t bring such high winds, just lows in the 60s but rip tides, too. emichot@miamiherald.com

Some of you may have been drenched by rain Saturday morning.

That wet awakening heralded the arrival of a brief cold front that will take temperatures down to 58 degrees in Miami-Dade early Sunday morning, according to The Weather Channel. Parts of interior South Florida could see a chilly 40s.

But the nip in the air won’t last long.

By Sunday afternoon, temperatures will hit 76 degrees and lows will be in the mid-60s. Fort Lauderdale will follow suit, forecasters say, albeit one to two degrees cooler on both the highs and lows.

That pattern will hold through the week with highs in the 70s and lows in the upper 60s, the National Weather Service says.

Rain is not expected in the next week.

One area of concern, however: rip tides.

A rip current warning was issued for South Florida by the weather service, noting “an elevated risk” into the work week.

The upshot?

The comfortable, and dry, weather would make volunteering at one of South Florida’s four national parks during the partial government shutdown a pleasant activity.

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.
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