ORLANDO, Fla. – Central Florida is set to experience a stretch of near-record warmth, as a significant surface high maintains a spring-like weather pattern throughout the weekend. This prolonged period of unseasonably warm temperatures is expected to commence on Thursday.
By Thursday afternoon, temperatures will rise a degree or two higher than the previous day, surpassing the norm by approximately 10 degrees. Inland areas can anticipate highs in the low 80s, while the coast will experience upper 70s. Notably, Leesburg and Sanford might come within a degree or two of breaking record highs.
A moderate breeze, ranging from 10 to 15mph, will persist, thereby fostering a slight chance of scattered showers into the afternoon. The convergence of the east and west coast sea breezes will result in the formation of afternoon and evening showers where these boundaries collide. The latest models indicate that areas north and west of the I-4 corridor are more likely to witness such activity, with chances projected at 20-30% after 4pm.
Warmer weather is expected to prevail on Friday and Saturday, with temperatures soaring into the mid-80s. Although conditions are forecasted to remain predominantly dry, there exists a small possibility of an afternoon shower, primarily in the northern and western regions of I-4.
The weather pattern will gradually revert to near-normal conditions by Sunday, as a developing cold front traverses Central Florida, intensifying the occurrence of a few showers. Consequently, high temperatures on Sunday will retreat into the 70s, and even cooler air is anticipated for the early days of the following week.
Looking ahead, highs in the 60s will be typical throughout the week, accompanied by lows in the 40s. The coldest air will be felt on Tuesday night and into early Wednesday morning.
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