South Floridians and Tourists Relish Cooler Weather

Although the cooler weather resulted in fewer beachgoers in Miami Beach on Sunday, the surfers knew the breeze would leave conditions ripe for surfing.

By Donna Rapado
|  Sunday, Feb 17, 2013  |  Updated 7:09 PM EDT
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NBC 6 reporter Donna Rapado shows how South Floridians and tourists alike enjoyed the weekend amid the cooler temps.

NBC 6 reporter Donna Rapado shows how South Floridians and tourists alike enjoyed the weekend amid the cooler temps.

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Sunday's Forecast: Sunny, Breezy and Chilly

Sunday will be sunny but very chilly with highs only in the lower 60s. Tonight will be less windy, clear and cold again with lows in the upper 40s. Monday will be warmer with highs in the lower 70s.
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South Florida should have temps in the upper 40s early Monday, but it should warm up to the 70s by the afternoon.

Although the cooler weather resulted in fewer beachgoers in Miami Beach on Sunday, the surfers knew the breeze would leave conditions ripe for surfing.

“It doesn’t faze us,” said Angel Rodriguez, one of several surfers in the water in Miami Beach. “We’re die-hards when it comes to getting out on the water. And all we care about is catching good waves.”

Marcela Criado and her family were in South Florida visiting from Argentina. Criado said she didn’t expect the 40- and 50-degree weather.

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“We brought very few jackets,” Criado said while at the beach. “In fact, I bought a jacket here.”

She added: “The sun is really nice, but it’s too windy.”

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Tom Lyon, visiting from Kansas, said whether you think it’s cold in South Florida depends on where you normally live. “It’s cold for, I think, everyone here,” he said. “But for us, it’s OK.”

He said he was making the best of the cooler weather. “Hey, the sun is out and we’re on vacation, so it’s all good,” he said. 

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