FXUS62 KKEY 180850
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Key West FL
450 AM EDT Sun Mar 18 2018
Skies over the Florida Keys became partly cloudy and a few showers
were spotted thanks to the Doppler radar affecting the Dry Tortugas
and some of the island communities. Winds were from the southeast
to south at 5 to 10 mph. Temperatures remained steady in the mid
No major changes were made to the forecast in this morning package.
The Florida Keys will remain under the western edge of a high pressure,
which will push away today and tomorrow to the east. By Monday
morning, an area of low pressure will be located over northern
Oklahoma and on Tuesday morning, it will be a stretched low over
North Carolina. A cold front will extend from this low and swing
to the southeast and reach the Keys on Tuesday night. Showers will
be possible ahead of the front and the rain activity should be
over the Straits by Wednesday morning. Behind the front, winds
will increase and be from the northwest to north. Dew points should
drop 10 to 15 degrees by Thursday morning, after that they are
expected to slowly increase again.
Fair weather conditions will return to the Keys on Wednesday night
as a high pressure over the southeast US dips south over the Gulf
of Mexico and Florida through the remainder of the forecast
A cold front is expected to cross the Keys on Tuesday night and
winds will pick up afterwards from the northwest to north. An
advisory for small craft might be necessary through early
Thursday. Outside this, light to gentle winds are expected.
VFR conditions will prevail at EYW and MTH through at least the
next 24 hours. Sustained southeast winds of 5 to 10 knots expected
from just off the surface to about 3,000 feet.
On this date in Florida Keys weather history, in 1881, the high
temperature in Key West was 86 degrees. This set the daily record
for maximum temperature measured in Key West on March 18th, a record
which still stands 137 years later. Temperature records at Key West
date back to 1872.
.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
Key West 80 73 82 75 / 0 0 - -
Marathon 81 72 83 75 / 0 0 - -
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