Miami-Dade County

South Florida escaping nation’s cold weather — but not the rain

Gray skies in South Florida on Monday morning can't stop Primary Learning Center's crossing guard from greeting students with a smile.
Gray skies in South Florida on Monday morning can't stop Primary Learning Center's crossing guard from greeting students with a smile. Miami Herald Staff

While much of the country braces for a polar blast, South Florida will stay mild.

But first the region needs to cope with rain, heavy in spots across the region on Monday morning.

“We’re dealing with a soggy start to the week,” said CBS4 meteorologist Lissette Gonzalez.

Fast-moving showers are soaking all corners of South Florida and making roads slick as rush hour gears up. The rain will ease in the afternoon, with dry air on the way.

The early gloom comes courtesy of a cold front moving southeast.

But don’t expect a chill with this cold front. Monday will bring mild temperatures — high around 80, lows in the mid-60s — before clearing up on Tuesday, said Chuck Caracozza, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Miami-Dade.

“It’ll just bring dryer air,” he said of the local cold front.

Tuesday’s clear-up will come just in time for outdoor Veterans Day celebrations around South Florida, including services and barbecues.

The rest of the workweek will be clear and sunny with highs in the low-80s and lows in the upper-60s, and a 20 percent chance of showers by the end of the week.

As for a polar vortex-like mass of Arctic air making its way through the northwestern United States — we won’t be feeling that, either.

The strong cold front is moving east and will bring snow to the upper Great Lakes and Mississippi Valley. Many of the northern states will see temperatures in the 20s and 30s.

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