Early season chill shocks islanders

Sanibel residents and visitors were scrambling on Wednesday morning to dig their winter woolies out of storage a bit earlier than they expected, when they awoke to a chilly shocker: Temperatures on the island had plummeted overnight into the 40s.

“I think it’s terrible!” exclaimed winter resident Peggy Hupfeldt as she exited Bailey’s General Store around 8 a.m. clutching a steaming cup of coffee. “I’ve never seen it this cold in October.”

7-Up distributor Donny Ford said he didn’t find the blast of arctic air uncomfortable in the least. “I don’t think it’s cold at all,” he said as he entered Bailey’s wearing nothing heavier than a short-sleeved polo shirt.

The City of Sanibel’s official weather consultant Dave Roberts declared Sanibel’s low temperature to be 49 degrees early Wednesday morning. At Southwest Florida International Airport, the official record-breaking low temperature of 45 degrees was recorded at 5 a.m.

“It was the coldest Oct. 28th since 1892,” said Roberts.

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