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Taste of winter weather tonight in Southwest Florida

Posted at 7:38 PM, Nov 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-20 19:38:12-05
Get ready for a taste of winter tonight in Southwest Florida!
 
Temperatures overnight will fall into territory we haven't seen since last February courtesy of a cold front that moved through the area.
 
We expect the majority of the region to see lows in the mid to upper 40s by sunrise Monday morning under clear skies. The coolest numbers will be found in Charlotte County and near Lake Okeechobee where temperatures there could fall into the low 40s. Coastal locations and the beaches will see the mildest temperatures, with lows in the low 50s expected.  
 
Northerly winds 5-10 mph will provide an additional "wind chill" effect so be sure to layer up if you're heading out early!
 
Our forecasted 40s is significantly lower than our average low for this time of year, 61 degrees. However, it looks like tonight's big chill won't be breaking records. Our record coldest temperature for Monday is 37 degrees set back in 1937 - BRRRR!
 
However, our record coldest high could be in jeopardy, which is 76 degrees. We are forecasting a high of only 74 degrees on Monday despite abundant sunshine.
 
A warming trend is expected for the rest of the work week with highs back to near 80 by Wednesday and morning lows returning to near average.