Miami-Dade County

Steamy South Florida awaits rain, then Thanksgiving cool

A weather map forecasts temperatures for Thanksgiving Day
A weather map forecasts temperatures for Thanksgiving Day National Weather Service

If you plan on traveling for Thanksgiving, you better leave right now.

Frigid temperatures are forecast in the Northeast for the busiest travel day of the year on Wednesday, already a nightmare for many in getting from Point A to Point B.

And South Florida won’t be so hot, either, with lots of rain greeting visitors.

“It’s going to be a messy day,” said Chuck Caracozza, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami-Dade.

The mess will include a 50 percent chance of rain and possible thunderstorms before temperatures drop into the mid-50s at night.

While South Florida won’t see anything like the chilly temperatures expected in the rest of the country — ranging from the low-20s in Minneapolis to low-50s in Atlanta — the region will still feel a chill. Lows are expected to drop to the mid- to upper-50s and rise just to the low-70s on Turkey Day.

“Temperatures will be below average for Miami on Thanksgiving Day,” CBS4 meteorologist Lissette Gonzalez said.

But the start of the week has brought unseasonably warm weather to South Florida, with highs in the mid-80s. Monday’s steamy 88 degrees broke a 20-year record high for the day by 2 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures on Tuesday will slightly drop with highs in the low 80s, paving the way for Wednesday’s wet cool-down.

After the brief holiday cool, temperatures in South Florida are expected to climb again starting Friday with clear, sunny skies. Highs will be in the mid-70s, a warming trend that will continue through the weekend with highs in the upper-70s.

Until then, travelers should hold on tight.

Said Gonzalez: “Everyone’s going to be in for a wild ride weather-wise.”

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