TAMPA (CBS TAMPA) – Spring Breakers flocking south to Florida’s typically warm and sunny beaches are bringing along a very unwelcome guest this year – Old Man Winter.
Temperatures averaging 10 to 20 degrees below normal have taken a southward dip into the southeastern portion of the U.S., with temperature highs sitting unseasonably low in the 50 and 60 degree range.
“Bathers may need a wet suit instead of a bathing suit for a couple of days,” senior AccuWeather Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski joked in his report.
CapitalClimate reports that record low temperatures were set in Florida on Wednesday: Naples hit 36 degrees, Tallahassee hit 18 degrees and pockets of Florida saw it get even colder with the Gainesville area dropping to 10.7 degrees in northern Florida and the Lake Okeechobee area in southern Florida dipping down to 15.3 degrees.
Florida’s chill will be accompanied by wind from the unseasonably cold jet stream, and snow showers are even threatening visitors to the Sunshine State.
“I’m supposed to be on Spring Break, getting a tan and that’s not really going over too well, it’s a little bit windy and cold,” Ohio spring-breaker Elizabeth Young told Central Florida News.
According to AccWeather, Florida temperatures are forecast to bounce back to more seasonable levels later next week as some spring breakers head back home and a fresh new batch of northerners make the trip down South.
“I came from the cold to end up in the cold,” Boston spring-breaker Ron Nadeau told Central Florida News.
Although temperatures will still sit above those in the north, much of Florida will remain in cold shock following the higher-than-average temperatures the Sunshine State has felt since Dec. 1 of last year.