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Yes, it’s really hot. And Miami-Dade has a new record to show for it

How to stay safe in really hot weather

As summer temperatures rise, so does the chance of heat-related illnesses for you, your kids and pets. Here's how to enjoy the hot weather safely.
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As summer temperatures rise, so does the chance of heat-related illnesses for you, your kids and pets. Here's how to enjoy the hot weather safely.

No, it’s not just you — it really is hotter than normal (even by South Florida standards).

On Sunday, Miami-Dade broke a heat record set in 1996 by hitting 95 degrees at Miami International Airport, a degree hotter than the previous record. Marathon tied a record set in 2018 with 93 degrees.

And the average temperature for this time of the year, according to the National Weather Service: 90 degrees.

“According to the stats, we are definitely above normal,” said meteorologist Barry Baxter, pointing to a ridge of high pressure over South Florida as the culprit. “We’re looking at another couple days of this.”

Baxter said that Monday and possibly Tuesday will also be really hot — with the heat index making it feel like over 100 degrees — but then South Florida will likely go back to the typical summer pattern of afternoon storms.

By Wednesday the rain chance increases to 30 to 50 percent chance for much of South Florida. And it might feel a tad bit less steamy.

“It will depend on the sea breeze,” he said.

Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.
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