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What will the start of 2023 bring? Fog for partiers and a possible record in the forecast

Who says South Florida’s a dull weather town?

According to meteorologist Chris Fisher at the National Weather Service in Miami, the record high for Miami on a New Year’s Eve was 84 degrees on Dec. 31, 2015.

As of noon, Miami hit 83 degrees. “There’s still still a chance we might tie it this afternoon,” he said.

“As far as tonight we’re looking at pretty nice conditions,” Fisher assures all of us New Year’s revelers and the celebrities who are in town to host TV broadcasts, including Miley Cyrus and her godmother Dolly Parton.

As for the icy feel of last weekend’s Christmas temperatures in the 40s? The only ice you’ll notice is the sound of the cubes rattling in your cocktail shakers along Ocean Drive in South Beach and in your glasses at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami while you watch Willy Chirino serenade you into 2023.

Don’t worry about rain under our balmy skies. The rain chances are under 10%, Fisher said. “And probably right around midnight we’ll be looking at somewhere in the middle 70s to lower 70s.”

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The warmth and sunny skies — which also include the Key West and Tampa Bay area New Year’s forecasts — will continue through the first week of 2023 in South Florida, according to the weather service.

Think mid- to low-80s for highs every day with low rain chances.

The next bout with rain won’t come until late in the week — if at all, Fisher said.

“We’ve got a front coming through but even that doesn’t look like a lot of moisture with it. So probably, even with that, there’ll be fairly low rain chances and it definitely looks like a dry stretch for the first week or two of January,” Fisher said.

There’s one thing to concern yourself with, mostly if you have to hit the road from parties in the wee hours.

“The big thing, and it won’t impact anything as far as the festivities tonight, but as far as overnight into tomorrow morning there could be some areas of dense fog again — kind of like what we saw this morning,” Fisher told the Miami Herald on Saturday.

There will be an elevated rip current risk for the Atlantic beaches Monday through the middle of the week, too.

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