Below freezing temperatures swept the nation Monday, and records were broken in Northwest Florida with temperatures dropping to a chilly 16 degrees Monday night. This broke the record of 19 degrees set in 1924. This temperature will be the second coldest ever recorded at Pensacola in over 130 years for the first week of January. A strong cold front pushed quickly through the area Sunday night and brought a blast of arctic air that broke record-low temperatures. Forecasters say the freezing temperatures are caused by a kink in the “polar vortex,” the strong winds that circulate around the North Pole.