A cold front could see iguanas fall

A cold front could see iguanas fall

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Another weekend. Another cold front for Florida.

This could be the cold “falling iguana,” at least according to one weather forecaster. Yes, that includes south and southwest Florida, where iguanas are found.

A strong cold front is approaching Florida, and as with Tuesday’s front, strong winds will make it even colder.

Based on current projections, iguanas live in places where temperatures may be low enough to knock the reptiles out of their perches, especially across southwest Florida.

Here’s what you should know and how to prepare.

Why do iguanas fall from trees?

Iguanas thrive in Florida’s warm climate and love to sleep in trees.

When temperatures drop into the 30s or 40s, it slows or immobilizes them. They stiffen, lose their grip on the branches and fall.

This happens when temperatures drop into the 30s and 40s. But they wake up when it gets hot.

“Iguana downfall” in Florida?

Temperatures could drop into the low 50s in eastern Palm Beach County, with temperatures in the low to mid 40s in and around Lake Okeechobee, according to the National Weather Service.

National Weather Service meteorologists said Sunday morning could be in the lower 50s along coastal Palm Beach County, with temperatures in the low to mid 40s inland and around Lake Okeechobee.

“The main concern will be early Sunday morning,” said George Rizzuto, a Miami-based NWS meteorologist. “You’re going to wake up on Sunday and it’s going to feel like 49 degrees, and then you’re going to feel really cold as you head inside.”

Winds are expected to reach 15 mph on Saturday, with gusts up to 25 mph. On Sunday, wind speeds could reach 20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph.

Cold South Florida: Cold front drops temperatures into the 40s and 50s in Palm Beach County with iguanas likely

Green iguanas appear to be found throughout much of central and southern Florida, including the Keys, according to the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Green iguana populations now extend along the Atlantic coast in Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties and along the Gulf Coast in Collier and Lee counties, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

While there have been reports of iguanas as far north as Alachua, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River and St. Lucie counties, these animals likely escaped or were released into captivity and are unlikely to expand because they are not hardy, the FWC said.

How cold will it be in Florida this weekend?

A cold front is moving through the state today. It is expected to move across the peninsula this afternoon and evening and may bring scattered rain and thunderstorms.

Friday night temperatures

  • Begging: Low temperatures are expected to drop into the middle and upper 20s.
  • North Florida: Low to mid 30s.
  • Central Florida: Mid to upper 40s.
  • South Florida: Low 50s to low 60s.
  • Keys: Mid to upper 60s.

Wind chill warnings were issued for much of North Florida late Friday into Saturday morning. Winds could reach 20 or 25 mph tonight, keeping temperatures in the 14 to 19 degree range across the Panhandle and in the 20s and 30s across the Big Bend, North Florida and the Nature Coast.

Expect lower temperatures across Florida on Saturday, January 20

The weather is expected to be colder on Saturday.

  • Central Florida: Low temperatures in the 30s to low 40s.
  • South Florida: Mid-forties to mid-fifties.
  • Keys: Low 60s.

Hard Freeze Warnings have been issued for the Western Panhandle and Hard Freeze Watches have been issued for much of the Panhandle and across the Suwannee River Valley. Freeze watches and warnings are in effect across parts of North Florida with temperatures as low as 20 degrees possible, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

“High winds gusting to about 15-25 mph will give way to feeling-like temperatures in the teens (13-18) across the Florida Panhandle and the Northwest Peninsula, 20s across the rest of the North Peninsula and the Nature Coast, upper 20s to low 30s across Central Florida and South Florida early Sunday morning, and additional wind chill warnings will likely be required, according to the Florida Department of Emergency Management.

Weather warnings and watches issued for Florida

Weekend weather forecast for your city


  • Saturday: High 44, wind chill between 15 and 25. Low 25 and wind chill 15-20.
  • Sunday: high 48; Low 37.


  • Saturday: High 47; Low 26, wind chill up to 19.
  • Sunday: High 49; Low 33


  • Saturday: High 50, wind chill up to 24, low 30, wind chill up to 23.
  • Sunday: High 50; Low 40.

Daytona Beach:

  • Saturday: High 53; Low 40.
  • Sunday: high 58; Low 50.


  • Saturday: High 61; Low 46.
  • Sunday: high 63; Low 56.

Port St. Lucie:

  • Saturday: High 65; Low 47.
  • Sunday: high 65; Low 57.

West Palm Beach:

  • Saturday: High 68; Low 58.
  • Sunday: High 67; Low 64.


  • Saturday: High 67; Low 45.
  • Sunday: high 68; Low 56.

Fort Myers:

  • Saturday: High 64; Low 43.
  • Sunday: high 65; Low 54.


  • Saturday: High 61; Low 39, wind chill 32.
  • Sunday: high 64; Low 51.

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