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Miami Weather: Arctic Air Moves In For Coldest Weekend In Over A Decade

MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- Arctic air continued to move in this weekend across South Florida, making this one of the coldest weekends seen in over a decade.

Temperatures were expected to plummet to the 30s and 40s overnight Saturday into Sunday morning.

Wind chill temperatures in parts of Palm Beach County and Collier County are forecast to drop into the 20s by Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Sunday morning lows in the tri-county will fall to the upper 30s and low 50s.

A freeze watch has been issued for inland Broward and Miami-Dade due to the potential for freezing temperatures Saturday night into Sunday morning.

A Wind Chill Watch remained in effect for Inland Broward Sunday morning.

The last time that Miami dropped to a low of 40 degrees was in 2020 on January 22nd.

The last time Miami temps dropped to the 30s was over a decade ago. It happened on January 11th, 2010 when Miami had a low of 39 degrees.

When you factor in the cold and strong North wind, it will feel like it is freezing or below freezing to the skin early Sunday morning. South Florida should be prepared for wind chill values to drop to the low 30 and upper 20s across South Florida.

Due to the drastic drop in temperatures and extreme cold weather expected this weekend, everyone should remember the "Four P's" of cold weather safety:

  1. Protect People: Pay careful attention to children and the elderly. They are especially vulnerable to the cold and the least able to protect themselves. Dress in layers and wear a hat that covers your ears when you are outdoors.
  2. Protect Plants: Bring potted plants indoors. Keep outdoor plants and trees watered.
  3. Protect Pets:Bring all pets indoors. Pets that must be left outside should have an enclosed shelter with the entrance facing away from the wind.
  4. Protect Against Fires In The Home:Take the time to prepare and inspect heating equipment before using. According to the National Fire Protection Association, incorrect use of heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires.

Despite the Winter sunshine, it will stay chilly on Sunday with highs in the upper 50s and low 60s.

It will still be cold on Monday morning with lows in the 40s but highs will begin to increase. It will be a cool Monday afternoon as highs rise to the upper 60s.

Tuesday morning will be chilly with the upper 50s but temperatures will be milder and back to the mid-70s starting on Tuesday afternoon. By Wednesday we'll wake up with the upper 60s and highs will be in the upper 70s with the chance for some breezy showers.

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