Today will mark the last unseasonably warm day before changes set in following the passage of a strong cold front. Ahead of this system today, westerly winds will help drive temperatures back above average once again. With increasing clouds, highs will top out in the mid-80s today. There could be a few showers around this afternoon but the bulk of the rain will arrive overnight into Friday morning.
The timing of this front has sped up quite a bit, and the first of two fronts is slated to clear Central Florida by midday on Halloween. This will be more favorable for evening trick-or-treating plans. Scattered showers and an isolated storm will be found along and ahead of this front, although significant wet weather or strong storms are not expected. The coverage of rain will be minimal. As the front lowers through from north to south, cooler air will begin to filter in, but it won’t be until Saturday morning that we feel a more noticeable change in airmass. At the time of sunset on Halloween (6:41pm) temperatures should be in the mid- to upper 70s with decreasing clouds and a light breeze.
Gusty north winds will take over early Saturday when the second cold front slides through. This one will lack rainfall but will be capable of a meaningful drop in temperatures for the weekend. Lows on Saturday morning will be in the mid-to upper 50s for the Interstate 4 corridor with cooler 40s north and west. Highs on Saturday will stay close to 70 degrees, some 10 to 15 degrees cooler than where they will be this afternoon. Overnight Saturday into Sunday is when the temperatures will be at their coldest; parts of Marion county may dip as far down as the upper 30s; area wide, mid- to upper 40s to near 50 will be common except for at the immediate coast. The record low for Orlando on Sunday morning of 46 degrees will be in jeopardy. Plenty of sun will be on hand throughout the weekend with clear skies at night. Tranquil weather will last through the start of the next work week with onshore winds developing to help modify the airmass and allow temperatures to increase each day.
In the tropics, Invest 95 is now northeast of the Virgin Islands. It still has a low chance of development, but it is expected to stay well east of North America. Otherwise, tropical storm formation is not expected in the next two to five days.
Catch your Tropical Updates at :21 and :51 minutes past each hour on News 13.
Weather can be mysterious, exciting and sometimes dangerous. That's why News 13 created Project Weather to help provide kids with the information they need to stay safe. Project Weather is made up of interactive educational resources to help prepare students for the future.