South Florida's coldest episode gives way to 'nice' weekend

The record-breaking and frigid temperatures the past few days have led to the coldest episode this early in December since 1962.

According to the National Weather service, South Florida has not experienced such cold weather in nearly 5 decades with temperatures 20 to 25 degrees below normal.

Thursday morning’s lows were in the upper 40s near the coast and low 40s inland instead of the 30s. Key West set a new record for lowest temperature with a reading of 51 degrees; the old record was 52 degrees set back in 1968.

CBS-4 meteorologist Lissette Gonzalez said afternoon highs should reach into the low 70s.

South Floridians will be able to thaw out a bit the next few days as the Arctic High Pressure system which brought us the big freeze will be moving offshore and the shift in winds out of the south and southeast will lead to a warming trend into the weekend.

Lows will drop down into the 50s Thursday night and highs will climb to the upper 70s Friday afternoon; the average high this time of year is 77 degrees.

A weak front will produce some spotty showers on Saturday and then a slight cool down on Sunday with lows dropping to the upper 50s.

Highs will remain comfortable in the low to mid 70s through the start of next week.

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