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TEMPERATURES ARE ON A ROLLER COASTER RIDE

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Happy Saturday, South Florida!

Hopefully everyone has been enjoying this cooler weather. After a stretch of mild temperatures, South Florida hoped for it to feel like winter once again and this last cool down certainly did the trick. This morning was another chilly start to the day with temperatures across our area dropping into the 50s (and some areas dropped into the 40s).  And while there are some changes headed our way as far as temperatures, it looks like we will have a longer bout of cool weather this time. 

Today will be a picture perfect day across South Florida. After a cool start with temperatures below average this morning, our afternoon high temperatures will be very comfortable but a bit closer to what is typical this time of year.  Friday afternoon our high temperatures only reached into the lower 70s but this afternoon we can expect our afternoon high temperatures to reach the mid 70s. Plenty of sunshine and low humidity will accompany these pleasant temperatures making it feel like a nice winter day here in South Florida. Needless to say, rain remains out of the forecast once again today. 

After a picture perfect start to the weekend, some changes will be headed our way for the latter part of the weekend. As we all know here in South Florida, all good things must come to an end. So there are good news and bad news to what we can expect on Sunday. The bad news is that our wind direction will quickly veer out of the south, which will prompt a brief warming trend across south Florida. This is due to the fact that there will be another [stronger] Front that will be pushing through our area  late Sunday.  And we can expect showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. Some of those storms could even turn strong to severe.  The good news is that once we get through this mild and stormy weather, another cool down is expected for South Florida starting Monday. 

Speaking of Monday (which happens to be MLK day), cooler and drier air will begin to move in throughout the day. Behind Sunday’s strong front, some clouds may linger early in the day on Monday but then clearing skies, increasing sunshine and cooler weather begins to move in.  That means starting Monday morning through at least the middle of the work week temperatures will be in the 50s once again. The majority of next week also shows afternoon high temperatures remaining in the 70s. As of now, Tuesday looks to be the coolest day of the week as our morning temperatures drop into the upper 40s and low 50s while our afternoon high temperatures will struggle to even hit the lower 70s. So if you like the cooler weather, the only “bad day“ looks to be Sunday!

Have a great weekend!

Erika Delgado

Meteorologist

WSVN Channel 7 News

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US draws down Ukraine embassy presence as war fears mount

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Sunday ordered the families of all American personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine to leave the country amid heightened fears of a Russian invasion.

The department told the dependents of staffers at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv that they must leave the country. It also said that non-essential embassy staff could leave Ukraine at government expense.

The move came amid rising tensions about Russia’s military buildup on the Ukraine border that were not eased during talks Friday between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva.

State Department officials stressed the Kyiv embassy will remain open and that the announcement does not constitute an evacuation. The move had been under consideration for some time and does not reflect an easing of U.S. support for Ukraine, the officials said.

In a statement, the State Department noted recent reports that Russia was planning significant military action against Ukraine. However, the Russian Foreign Ministry has accused NATO countries of escalating tensions around Ukraine with disinformation.

The State Department added: “The security conditions, particularly along Ukraine’s borders, in Russia-occupied Crimea, and in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine, are unpredictable and can deteriorate with little notice. Demonstrations, which have turned violent at times, regularly occur throughout Ukraine, including in Kyiv.”

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Miami-bound Crystal Symphony changes course, docks in Bimini after US judge orders seizure

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MIAMI (AP) — A cruise ship that was supposed to dock in Miami has instead sailed to the Bahamas, after a U.S. judge granted an order to seize the vessel as part of a lawsuit over millions of dollars in unpaid fuel.

Cruise trackers show Crystal Symphony currently docked in the Bahamian island of Bimini.

Passengers were taken by ferry to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday.

“We all feel we were abducted by luxurious pirates!” passenger Stephen Heard Fales posted on Facebook.

It was unclear how many passengers were aboard, with one news outlet reporting 300 and another, 700. According to the company website, the vessel can carry up to 848 passengers.

The ship was scheduled to arrive in Miami on Saturday. But a federal judge in Miami issued an arrest warrant for the ship Thursday, a maritime practice where a U.S. Marshal goes aboard a vessel and takes charge of it once it enters U.S. waters.

Passengers and entertainers said on social media they were surprised to find out about the legal case. One guest posted a letter on Facebook from Crystal Cruises Management that said the change in itinerary was due to “non-technical operational issues.”

The lawsuit was filed in a Miami federal court by Peninsula Petroleum Far East against the ship under a maritime procedure that allows actions against vessels for unpaid debts. The complaint says Crystal Symphony was chartered or managed by Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises, which are both sued for breach of contract for allegedly owing $4.6 million in fuel.

Crystal Cruises announced earlier this week that it was suspending operations through late April. Besides Crystal Symphony, it has two other ships currently cruising, which end their voyages on Jan. 30 in Aruba and on Feb. 4 in Argentina.

“Suspending operations will provide Crystal’s management team with an opportunity to evaluate the current state of business and examine various options moving forward,” the company said in a statement earlier this week.

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Federal Government’s N95 Masks Distribution Starts Monday

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Starting Monday, courtesy of the federal government, you’ll be able to get your hands on an N95 mask for free.

The Biden administration announced a week ago that 400 million masks were being shipped to pharmacies and community health centers nationwide.

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Americans can get up to three N95s free of charge. However, only adult-sized N95s are expected be available when the distribution begins.

The expectation is that most pharmacies that are part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 vaccines will participate in the mask distribution.

In Florida, this would mean:

  • CVS Health
  • Walgreens
  • Publix
  • Winn-Dixie
  • Fresco y Más
  • Harveys Supermarket
  • Walmart
  • Sam’s Club
  • Costco
  • Kroger

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CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald was able to confirm Winn-Dixie, Fresco y Más and Harveys Supermarket pharmacies are participating. Walgreens and CVS told the Miami Herald they plan to have free N95s in the coming weeks.

As for a participating community health center, the Health Resources and Services Administration has created an online locator tool.

The Florida Association of Community Health Centers also has it’s own locator website.

Kenneth Ray swears by the N95 masks after working in the mechanical insulation field and being exposed to asbestos and other toxins.

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“Whatever we can do to control the spread, it’s good for everyone,” he said.

CBSMiami.com Team

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