Visitors, residents sound off on record-breaking high temps for Christmas Day

High of 86 degrees expected in Orlando

By Erik Sandoval - Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - People who are spending the holidays in Central Florida are getting ready to see possible record-breaking high temperatures over Christmas Day, according to the News 6 pinpoint weather team.

The forecasted high on Christmas Day is 86 degrees, which would break the record of 85, set in 1924.

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"This is the warmest it's been," said Mason Navitt, who visits Orlando for Christmas every year. "It's usually sunny but 10 degrees colder."

Visitors to Orlando's International Drive flocked to the water parks that were open Wednesday as temperatures hovered in the low 80s with high humidity.

"It's hot. It's humid. It's sticky," said Mary Kaye, who decided to take her dog for a walk around Lake Eola.

She said it doesn't feel like Christmas, and she wasn't alone in feeling that way.

"It's too hot. Too humid," said Marie Hubner.  "I, at least, want some cooler weather around the holidays."

Utility companies tell News 6 they're experiencing increased demand with the higher temperatures.

A spokesman for Duke Energy said temperatures for November were up 6 percent, but the average bill was up 15 percent.

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He expects the amounts on bills to rise as more people run their air conditioners over the Christmas holidays, rather than their heaters.

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