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Near-record heat, storms & a cold front are all expected in the coming hours; see timing

ORLANDO, Fla. — Update: Wednesday was warm and windy, and we tied for a record high, but that ends today because storms and a cold front are approaching from the northwest, Channel 9 certified meteorologist George Waldenberger said.

Expect to rain to move in tonight. Showers first arrive in Marion County around 6 p.m. They’ll bring a chance of lightning and gusty winds as they quickly move through. The storm will pass Leesburg, DeLand and Flagler County mid-evening. By 11 p.m., they’ll approach some Orlando neighborhoods. At 1 a.m., they’ll likely pass east of Orlando and by 5 p.m. they should clear Brevard County.

All the while, a cold front will be passing as well, so plan on much cooler temperatures Thursday -- about 20 degrees cooler. Tomorrow will be gusty and dry. The coldest weather will be Friday and Saturday mornings with temperatures in the 30s and 40s across Central Florida...but then we’re back to the 80s on Sunday.

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Central Florida will be windy and warm on Wednesday.

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Our area will see near-record-high temperatures in the mid-80s Wednesday afternoon.

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The record high temperature in Orlando for Jan. 25 is 86 degrees.

Central Florida will be breezy with south winds around 20 to 30 mph.

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A round of showers and storms will quickly race across our area Wednesday evening.

Temperatures then quickly drop into the 50s for Thursday morning.

Central Florida will see chilly air Thursday and Friday with high temperatures in the 60s and lows in the 30s and 40s.

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Rusty McCranie

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