Chilly With a Chance of Iguanas: NWS Warns Floridians to be Ready for Unusual ‘Weather Phenomenon’


The winter storms, which brought snow from the Great Lakes to New England, have moved to the ocean, but this does not mean the frosty weather will take a break. About 10 million people living from Montana to Illinois could face dangerous cold weather, and even in Miami it will be very cold, according to CNN.

The National Weather Service has issued a warning for Florida residents to be aware of ‘falling iguanas’. As temperatures drop this week, the cold-blooded reptiles slow down or become immobile and can fall from trees onto unsuspicious pedestrians.

​It is predicted that by the morning of 22 January in Miami, the temperature will drop to 43 degrees Fahrenheit (6 Celsius): it is cold enough for numerous iguanas in this region to slow down metabolically. Temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 Celsius) can prompt the iguana to hibernate. Such an iguana may seem frozen in place or even dead, in fact, it is simply ‘on pause’ and leaves this state when the temperature gets higher.

Here’s how it looks:

​After waking, iguanas can be aggressive, so residents are advised to be careful.

Cold weather will persist in the southeast until 21 January and in Florida until 22 January.



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