We ended the weekend and started the winter season with unseasonably warm temperatures. Highs south and east of I-4 were able to climb into the upper-70s to around 80 degrees Sunday afternoon. Some of our northern cities that sat closer to the front were cooler and stayed in the 60s. With an area of low pressure over the Gulf of Mexico and a front draped across Central Florida, rain chances picked up Sunday afternoon. This front will continue to impact us until it moves well to the north Monday. A different cold front will move in late Tuesday, keeping unsettled weather in the forecast through Christmas Eve.
Cloudy skies are in the forecast through the overnight hours. Showers continue to move in from the Gulf of Mexico, so high rain chances with a few embedded storms will remain as we head into Monday morning. Lightning and gusty wind will be the main threats with any storms that develop. Low temperatures will be mild, dropping only into the mid-60s.
Monday will be mostly cloudy and warm with highs in the mid- to upper-70s. Showers and a few storms will be possible throughout the day, mainly again across our northern areas that will be closer to the front. This front is expected to move away from Central Florida on Tuesday, dropping rain chances back a bit. With winds still out of the south Tuesday, highs will climb to around 80 degrees.
The lower rain chances will be short-lived as another front will be approaching Tuesday night and Wednesday. Christmas Eve will feature clouds and rain as the cold front moves east. Some thunderstorms with strong winds are possible as the front moves through. Some rain may linger into Wednesday night, but we are still expecting the rain to be gone and clouds to clear by Christmas Day. Cooler air will move in behind the front with highs on Christmas only in the mid-60s.
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