Happy December and welcome to Florida's inconsistent winter season

Temperatures above yearly average throughout Central Florida


ORLANDO, Fla. – Grab a cool, refreshing beverage, because Florida winter is here.

Central Florida is no stranger to warm winters, and this Sunday is beginning with slightly higher temperatures than the past few days. 

The day began in the upper 60s and low 70s. News 6 meteorologist Samara Cokinos said dew point readings are in the upper 60s, which can make for a muggy-feeling outdoors.

As the day goes on, humidity will increase and temperatures will warm up to 86 degrees in Orlando.

"This is flirting with the record of 87 degrees that was set in 1982," Cokinos said.

Orlando won't be the only spot to possibly see near- or record-setting heat. Daytona Beach could break its record of 84 degrees with a predicted 85 in the forecast. Melbourne could tie or even inch above the record of 86 degrees with the same temperature expected later Sunday. Sanford will be close to the record of 87 degrees with 85 in the forecast. 

"All of Central Florida will be about 10 degrees above average for this time of year," Cokinos said.

Isolated to spotty showers are possible, but mainly over northern counties. Rain coverage is 30 percent.

It will be a little breezy as the south to southwest wind picks up 10-15 mph and gusts a bit stronger at times. This means boaters will need to use caution. Seas will average between 3 and 4 feet.

"It could get a little bumpy out there," Cokinos said.

Overnight will be cloudy and humid, with temperatures staying in the low 70s.

Monday, rain coverage increases to 40 or 50 percent, meaning the rain will be more widespread than on Sunday. Cokinos said that some of the showers that pass by could be heavy at times. She said there could also be isolated thunderstorms that produce strong winds. 

Temperatures are predicted to stay above average with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s through Tuesday.

"Then, a cold front will pass by and cool things down for the remainder of the workweek," Cokinos said. 

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