In the wake of a relatively weak cold front, it's the lack of sun that makes a huge difference.
After two days with afternoon highs failing to break 70 degrees across most of central Florida, an overall warmer weather pattern is about to move in. Two "indexes" we meteorologists look at point to this warmer trend.
After a warm up that saw temperatures climb into the 80s over the weekend and early this week, the aftermath of an Election Day cold front was temperatures that struggled to get out of the mid 60s today. A reinforcing cold front moves through central Florida tonight.
Afternoon temperatures will warm back into the 80s this weekend across central Florida, with lots of sun on the way. There will still be some chilly mornings though. A cold front, and a potential Northeastern US coastal storm, awaits next week.
Hurricane Sandy is moving away from central Florida this evening, after bringing at least a couple of inches of rain to our eastern counties and wind gusts well above minimum tropical storm force. Sandy, as it transitions to a "post tropical" storm -- or hybrid storm -- will become an historic event as it approaches the Northeast US.
Hurricane Sandy is the strongest storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, as measured by pressure, as it sits about 500 miles southeast of central Florida tonight. It has already brought scattered rain bands to the area Thursday and promises more wet and windy weather for Friday.
A large tropical wave is located south of Jamaica and Hispaniola tonight; this wave is likely to become a tropical depression early this week and ultimately Tropical Storm Sandy. We'll have to watch this system carefully in the coming week.
The coolest air of the season is moving into central Florida and temperatures will bottom out in the 50s across a lot of the area to start Sunday morning.
A second cold front is moving through central Florida tonight, bringing even drier air into the area from the north. Temperatures will drop into the 60s for most areas, with even a few upper 50s by daybreak Wednesday. Then, an upper level disturbance -- in part of associated with an eastern Pacific hurricane -- will bring a chance of showers to the area Wednesday.
A long-awaited cold front is moving through central Florida tonight, bringing with it much less humid weather for the middle and end of the week. In the meantime, heavier showers and storms are again moving through the area tonight.