TALLAHASSEE — Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials are urging residents and visitors throughout Florida to practice fire and cold weather safety as a strong arctic air mass brings freezing temperatures to the state through Wednesday morning.
Temperatures could reach as low as the upper teens in North Florida and along the Nature Coast, while Central Florida could see temperatures in the low 30s.
“Decreasing temperatures and low wind chill values are expected across much of the state both Monday and Tuesday night, extending far south as Palm Beach and Collier Counties,” said State Meteorologist, Amy Godsey. “Floridians should monitor their local forecasts and take necessary precautions.”
Additionally, the National Weather Service has issued Hard Freeze and Freeze Warnings for Monday night into Tuesday morning for North Florida and Central Florida. Windy and dry conditions will also increase the risk of wildfires.
A Freeze Warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely for at least two hours. A Hard Freeze Warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely, and will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation. Wind Chill notifications from the National Weather Service mean that the combination of cold temperatures and winds will generate low wind chill values and could lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
Residents and visitors should remember the "Five P's" of cold weather safety. The “5 P’s” are: Protecting People, Protecting Plants, Protecting Pets, Protecting Exposed Pipes, and Practicing Fire Safety.