When will cooler temperatures arrive in Florida?

Cheryl McCloud
Fort Myers News-Press

As many Florida residents yearn for cooler temperatures, we can only hope "The Old Farmer's Almanac" is correct when it predicts "chilly" temperatures this week, but don't count on it.

The almanac is predicting sunny and chilly conditions this week and sunny and cold temperatures next week.

The Florida Department of Emergency Management wasn't as hopeful in its five-day statewide weather outlook.

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So as we continue to dream of temperatures that would require at least a light jacket, here's a few bits of weather trivia to get you in the mood.

What is the coldest temperature on record for Florida?

Coldest temperatures on record across the U.S.

On Feb. 13, 1899, temperatures fell to 2 degrees below zero in Tallahassee, according to the National Weather Service.

This occurred during the "Great Arctic Outbreak." Numerous all-time record low temperatures were set in several U.S. cities. Flurries were even reported from Tampa to New Orleans.

What was the 'Great Arctic Outbreak' of 1899?

Temperatures plummeted throughout the first two weeks of February 1899 in what became known as the "Great Arctic Outbreak," according to NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information.

Fort Logan, Montana, saw temperatures drop to -61, while temperatures fell to -8 in Washington, D.C., and to -20 in the Midwest and Ohio Valley.

Over 100 people were estimated to have lost their lives during the Great Arctic Outbreak. The outbreak damaged or destroyed numerous crops, and countless livestock perished. 

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Does it snow in Florida?

On Jan. 19, 1977, snow fell in South Florida for the first time in recorded history, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow was seen across all of Southeast Florida as far south as Homestead and even on Miami Beach. 

Snow was officially reported by weather observers in West Palm Beach, LaBelle, Hollywood, and Royal Palm Ranger Station in deep South Miami-Dade County.

The snow came on the heels of a strong Arctic cold front which moved rapidly down the Florida peninsula from late on Jan. 18 through the pre-dawn hours of Jan. 19.

Snow has been known to fall on rare occasions throughout the state, and it always generates excitement. 

When do cooler temperatures arrive in Florida, on average?

The mean end of the hot season begins in North Florida in late September or early October, usually proceeded by the arrival of a cold front from the nation's interior, according to the Florida Climate Center.

By early December, lower temperatures reach Key West. Cooler temperatures arrive earlier on the Atlantic coast than on the Gulf Coast.

10-day forecasts around Florida

Daytona Beach

  • Tuesday: High 86. Low 75. 
  • Oct. 18: High 84. Low 71. 
  • Oct. 25: High 83. Low 69. 

Fort Myers

  • Tuesday: High 89. Low 73. 
  • Oct. 18: High 89. Low 72. 
  • Oct. 25: High 87. Low 69. 


  • Tuesday: High 84. Low 67. 
  • Oct. 18: High 81. Low 69. 
  • Oct. 25: High 80. Low 65. 


  • Tuesday: High 89. Low 73. 
  • Oct. 18: High 86. Low 71. 
  • Oct. 25: High 85. Low 65. 


  • Tuesday: High 87. Low 74. 
  • Oct. 18: High 87. Low 71. 
  • Oct. 25: High 87. Low 70. 

Port St. Lucie

  • Tuesday: High 86. Low 73. 
  • Oct. 18: High 85. Low 73. 
  • Oct. 25: High 85. Low 71. 


  • Tuesday: High 90. Low 74. 
  • Oct. 18: High 89. Low 72. 
  • Oct. 25: High 86. Low 68. 


  • Tuesday: High 85. Low 75. 
  • Oct. 18: High 85. Low 74. 
  • Oct. 25: High 84. Low 72. 


  • Tuesday: High 87. Low 69.
  • Oct. 18: High 79. Low 62.
  • Oct. 25: High 79. Low 58.

West Palm Beach

  • Tuesday: High 85. Low 78. 
  • Oct. 18: High 85. Low 74. 
  • Oct. 25: High 86. Low 73. 

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