Dec 9, 2015

2015 likely to be Florida’s hottest on record

Florida
USA
by
Kimberly Miller
,
Palm Beach Post
Florida is one of four states maxing out heat records. Image: NOAA
Florida is one of four states maxing out heat records. Image: NOAA

Florida has sweated through 2015 as if in a slow cooker turned to high, and new information suggests the table is set for the year to end as the hottest on record. A report released Wednesday by the National Centers for Environmental Information, shows the first 11 months of the year have simmered at an average 73.7 degrees in the Sunshine State. That’s 2.5 degrees above average and higher than anything measured in the 121 years records have been kept. Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties are on a similar track with November’s average temperature of 77.8 degrees topping off the hottest 11-month streak since Grover Cleveland was president. That’s a whopping 3.1 degrees above average for the tri-county area, and a number that surprised even researchers monitoring the nation’s temperature.