Central Florida temps to soar into 80s on first day of winter

Slight cool-down expected in Orlando on Christmas Day

ORLANDO, Fla. – The first day of winter will start with highs in the 80s in Central Florida.

"It will be partly cloudy Thursday, with a few rain showers possible," News 6 meteorologist Samara Cokinos said. "The coverage will be near 20 percent."

Winter officially arrives at 11:28 a.m. 

"It won't feel much like winter," Cokinos said.

Orlando will see a high near 82 degrees.

The average high for this time of year is in the low 70s.

Overnight lows will be in the low 60s.

Highs will remain near 80 through Sunday.

A cool-down, of sorts, will come to the region on Christmas Day, dropping high temperatures into the low 70s. Lows will be in the low 50s.

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