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Now, this is extreme weather. Florida flirts with record heat before the cold arrives

Howard Cohen, Miami Herald on

Published in Weather News

MIAMI — Years ago, TV commercials for a cream promised relief from sunburn pain.

"While it cools the burn, it brings soothing, cooling relief to sun-parched skin."

South Florida's version of winter is also today's version of that retro ad. First, the heat.

"It feels more like a June pattern more than February," said meteorologist Barry Baxter from the National Weather Service in Miami.

Baxter said Miami is expecting a high of 87 degrees Friday afternoon. "The record today is at 87 in 2012 so we are forecasting a near record high."

South Florida is already at 13 straight days of temperatures in the 80s, Baxter added, so Friday's steamy start makes it an even two weeks — 14 days.

 

Then there is the heat index to concern yourself with, he said.

"The dew point ahead of the front will make it feel like the lower to mid-90s on the skin," Baxter said.

WSVN meteorologist Vivian Gonzalez also says Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Key West could all approach or maybe even break record high temperatures.

"Even though we won't be as close in Fort Lauderdale and Key West, it will definitely feel steamy!" she posted on Twitter.

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