Cold morning gives way to major warmup in Central Florida

Orlando to see highs in 80s from Friday through Monday

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:56:49 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 19 2013 07:40:37 AM EST
ORLANDO, Fla. -

Christmas is less than a week away, but it's going to feel more like summer in Central Florida in the coming days.

High temperatures on Thursday will reach the mid-70s in Orlando before a four-day stretch, including the first day of winter on Saturday, sees highs hitting the low 80s. 

The average high is 73 degrees.

Ocala saw lows in the mid-30s early Thursday, prompting a frost advisory until 8 a.m., while low temperatures across the rest of the region saw lows in the 40s.

The next chance of rain is Monday, when there's a 30 percent coverage area expected across Central Florida.

The current forecast shows a high of 71 degrees on Christmas Eve and 72 on Christmas, with a 20 to 30 percent chance of rain.

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