Cold front brings temperatures in the 40s and 50s to South Florida

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - South Florida residents are bundling up after a cold front brought temperatures down to the 40s and 50s.

7News cameras captured several people wearing sweaters and scarves on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.

“Well, I only have the vest, the scarf, undershirt and a turtle neck,” said resident Belinda Vasquez.

Others were spotted in shorts and T-shirts as they braved the cool weather.

Over in Miami Beach, the clock tower on Lincoln Road displayed temperatures in the mid-50s.

“I grew up here,” Vasquez said, “so for the past 60 years, one day it can be very hot and the next day very cold. I do a lot of walking, so I keep warm. It feels very nice, and you could do a lot of walking with this type of weather.”

Restaurants brought out heaters on South Beach’s Ocean Drive to keep customers warm.

Some tourists didn’t expect the drastic change in temperatures.

“It’s cold for South Florida,” said Nancy Nesvet, who’s visiting from Maryland. “I’m really glad that the pool is heated where we are.”

“It’s cold, but it’s not so cold like in Maryland,” another tourist added. “So we are glad to be here.”

The temperatures are expected to be the coldest of the season so far, according to the National Weather Service.

Broward County declared a cold weather emergency from 6:30 a.m. Monday to 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The Broward Outreach Center and The Salvation Army opened up shelters for homeless individuals to get out of the cold.

Around 100 people are expected to seek shelter.

By 12 p.m., temperatures were slightly warmer in the low-to-mid 60s.

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