Miami Residents, Brace Yourselves Winter is Coming to South Florida
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Miami Residents, Brace Yourselves: Winter is Coming to South Florida

In the week leading up to Christmas in Miami, people will be dressing warmly in stylish sweaters and scarves, reminiscent of a scene from a Hallmark holiday movie.

Despite the generally mild weather with highs in the 70s, the National Weather Service predicts cooler temperatures at night, reaching around 59 on Sunday, 52 on Monday, and 58 on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday nights are expected to be in the low 60s.

According to Forecastadvisor.com, Microsoft had the most accurate weather predictions for Miami in November. Microsoft’s forecast aligns with the National Weather Service for Sunday and Monday but predicts a slightly lower temperature of 57 on Tuesday night.

Here are some simple tips to stay warm and safe, especially for residents in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas who may experience cold weather occasionally:

1. Avoid using charcoal grills or ovens for heat indoors. They can lead to a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide and pose a fire risk.

2. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure they have working batteries and replace them if needed.

3. If you have central heating, turn it on before the temperature drops. Open windows briefly to help ventilate your home if you notice any early smoke when using the heating unit.

4. Keep heating equipment at least 3 feet away from kids, pets, and anything flammable.

5. Use electric space heaters with safety features. Look for models with automatic shut-off functions to reduce the risk of fires.

6. Turn off space heaters when leaving your home,  even if they have safety features like automatic shut-off when tipped over or reaching a set temperature.

7. If you have a fireplace, use a screen to contain sparks. Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them, and keep the ash container outside, away from the house.

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