South Florida temperatures dip into 50s in seasonal cooldown

MIAMI (WSVN) - Cooler temperatures put South Floridians in the holiday spirit this weekend, and meteorologists said they can expect the lowest temperatures of the season thus far in the overnight hours, early Monday.

Families were out and about at Santa’s Enchanted Forest, in Southwest Miami-Dade, Sunday night. As people enjoyed the Christmas tunes, colorful lights and festive displays, one woman told 7News she really liked this slight chill in the air.

“It’s beautiful. It’s a great change from our typical Miami hot and humid,” said Carmen Segui. “Every day I’m sweating as soon as I get out.”

Michael Mata also gave thumbs up to the dip in temperatures, as well as the rides at Santa’s Enchanted Forest. “It feels like winter, like it’s Christmas,” he said.

Still, the little ones and adults alike said they prefer the fake snow on display over the real stuff.

Some warm weather gear was spotted on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, Sunday night. It’s very nice not having to deal with the snow, no snow scrapers, none of that, just enjoying yourself in shorts and T-shirts,” said Nick Westfall.

Even as temperatures began to drop into the 50s, a Canadian tourist said this is still a nice change of pace for her. “I think it’s wonderful,” said Gina. “We’re from Toronto, and we’ve got snow today, so we’re loving this.”

Another visitor said he’s also getting away from frigid temperatures. “The weather in Germany is not so good,” said Herman. “It’s cold, 7 degrees, so we enjoy the holiday here in Florida.”

For self-proclaimed 14-year snow bird Roger Gorrin, who recently opted to enjoy the outdoors in South Florida year-round, this kind of weather is just right. “I’ve had enough hot, and this is just right for me,” he said. “It’s nice.”

Back at Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Alex Mata said he enjoys carrying on a family tradition in long sleeves. “Just getting into the winter spirit, it’s really nice to be out here,” he said.

Meteorologists expect the temperatures to drop into the low 50s in parts of South Florida, Monday morning, so they advised people going outdoors early to bundle up and bring an extra sweater, just in case.

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