South Florida's dry season should be slightly warmer and drier than normal, the National Weather Service said Friday.
That doesn't mean there won't be some freezing weather or heavy rains, but overall, the seven-month season should be “pretty nice,” said meteorologist Robert Molleda.
Officially, the dry season commenced on Oct. 11, a week earlier than the Oct. 18 average start date. Usually, it runs through the third week in May.
If the season does turn out to be a drier than normal, wildfires may be more likely to break out between March and May. That's because the rainy season was wetter than normal, prompting vegetation to grow and provide potential fuel to fires, Molleda said.
On the other hand, a drier than normal dry season usually produces fewer tornadoes, he added.
Because of a lack of strong atmospheric signals, there's a lot of uncertainty in the dry season forecast, Molleda said.
“These outlooks are far from being set in stone,” he said.