We are going to see the longest stretch of cold weather, than we have seen in many years. We could be breaking record lows along the way. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Red Flag Warning for all of Central Florida for today and Sunday which most likely will be extended into mid week. A red flag warning means conditions are right for explosive fire growth potential, so please be smart with burning outdoors and please do not throw cigarettes out the car window. We also have a Freeze Warning in place for tonight as conditions are now in place for the coldest weather so far this winter to move into our area. We can expect temperatures to range from 24° to 32° during the overnight hours. Please make sure pets stay indoors and protect your tropical plants that are sensitive to freezing temperatures. Temperatures will range from the mid 20’s to close to 30° north of the I-4 corridor and temperatures will range from 30°to the mid 30’s south of the I-4 corridor. Temperatures will be slightly warmer east of I-95 and along the coastal communities. The theme for the next several days is colder north and west of Orlando and warmer south and east of the Orlando metro area. Today will be sunny and windy across Central Florida. High temperature expected in Orlando will be 56°. Tonight will be clear and frigid. Low temperatures in Orlando will be 32°Expect the cold weather to last until late next week, so dust off the winter coats, stock up on fire wood and stay warm! SEE SLIDE SHOW
Weather Almanac for Orlando
Average High: 72°
Average Low: 51°
Record High: 85° in 1972
Record Low: 35° in 1980
Today’s Sunrise: 7:18 AM
Today’s Sunset: 5:41 PM
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA.
.DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT.
…EXCESSIVE COLD IMPACT…
AFTER A VERY COOL AFTERNOON TODAY…TEMPERATURES WILL FALL OFF
RAPIDLY AFTER SUNSET. LOWS TONIGHT WILL BOTTOM OUT IN THE UPPER 20S
TO AROUND 30 DEGREES FROM AROUND THE INTERSTATE FOUR CORRIDOR
NORTHWARD…WITH SOME MID 20S POSSIBLE IS NORMALLY COLDER SHELTERED
LOCATIONS. LOWS IN THE LOWER TO MIDDLE 30S ARE EXPECTED TO THE SOUTH
OF INTERSTATE FOUR…WITH SOME UPPER 20S IN WIND PROTECTED AREAS.
A FREEZE WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR LAKE…VOLUSIA…SEMINOLE…
AND ORANGE COUNTIES FROM 1 AM TO 9 AM SUNDAY MORNING. A FREEZE
WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE REMAINDER OF EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA…
EXPECT FOR THE IMMEDIATE COASTAL AREAS OF BREVARD…INDIAN RIVER
…SAINT LUCIE AND MARTIN COUNTIES.
…RIP CURRENT IMPACT…
WEATHER AND OCEANIC CONDITIONS WILL PRODUCE A MODERATE THREAT OF
RIP CURRENTS. FOR THOSE PERSONS WHO PLAN ON ENTERING THE CHILLY SURF
TODAY…SWIM ONLY WITHIN SIGHT OF A LIFEGUARD…AND NEVER SWIM ALONE.
…WIND AND SEA IMPACT…
GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 25 KNOTS WILL PRODUCE SEAS UP TO
AROUND 9 FEET TODAY. WINDS AND SEAS WILL SLOWLY SUBSIDE THROUGH LATE
THIS AFTERNOON NEAR SHORE AND TONIGHT FURTHER AWAY FROM THE COAST.
…FIRE WEATHER IMPACT…
A MODERATE FIRE WEATHER DANGER WILL EXIST THIS AFTERNOON DUE TO LONG
DURATIONS OF LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.
THE COLD WEATHER WILL CONTINUE WELL INTO NEXT WEEK WITH A
CONTINUED CONCERN FOR TEMPERATURES NEAR AND BELOW FREEZING…
AND FROST ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY MORNINGS. PERSONS SHOULD
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS AND STATEMENTS. EXPECT
ADDITIONAL ADVISORIES…WATCHES AND WARNINGS TO BE POSTED DURING
THIS COLD WEATHER EPISODE.
HOUSE AND APARTMENT FIRES POSE A REAL DANGER IN FLORIDA DURING
COLD AIR OUTBREAKS. KEEP FLAMMABLE MATERIAL SUCH AS DRAPERIES…
CLOTHING OR NEWSPAPERS AWAY FROM PORTABLE HEATERS. MAKE SURE THAT
SMOKE DETECTORS ARE WORKING PROPERLY BEFORE GOING TO SLEEP.
THE AIR MASS WILL ALSO BE VERY DRY…WHICH WILL ALSO LEAD TO AN
INCREASED FIRE WEATHER CONCERN FROM SUNDAY WELL INTO NEXT WEEK.
MODERATE TO BRISK OFFSHORE FLOW WILL KEEP SEAS ELEVATED INTO NEXT
WEEK. A REINFORCING SURGE OF NORTHWEST WINDS WILL CAUSE SEAS TO
BUILD FURTHER MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH LATE TUESDAY…ESPECIALLY WELL
.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…
SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED TODAY.
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