Cool down brings wet weather for Friday commute

Highs to reach mid-80s before weekend cooldown

The Friday evening radar on Jan. 4, 2019.
The Friday evening radar on Jan. 4, 2019.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Big changes are coming to Central Florida's forecast Friday evening as a cool front pushes into the area.

The greatest chance of rain will be later in the afternoon, near to the northwest of the I-4 corridor, where a band of showers along the front is expected to approach Lake and Volusia counties through sunset.

A cluster of storms moving in along I-4 are expected to bring heavy rain and some strong winds.

Low temperatures overnight will drop quickly into the 50s. Orlando will see a low of 58 degrees, which is very close to the average low.

The average high in Orlando is 71 degrees.

"We will be very close to that for the next few days after being near records for the last few days," News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.

The weekend will bring lots of sunshine. The best boating conditions will last through Saturday as seas continue to churn up.

A high of 69 degrees is expected on Saturday with a high of 72 by Sunday.

Afternoon high temperatures will remain in the 70s although they will more into the upper 70s for Tuesday and then back to the low 70s on Wednesday. There will be highs in the 60s for the end of next week.

Morning lows will remain in the 50s across-the-board all of next week.

"We will definitely need our light jackets again each morning as this temperatures are cooler than we’ve been used to," Bridges said.

Earlier in the day, some areas saw record high temperatures. Melbourne topped out at 86 degrees by 3 p.m., breaking a record high of 85 from 2015.

"Low pressure situated over the lower Mississippi Valley will drag a cold front over the Gulf of Mexico and into Central Florida by the afternoon," News 6 meteorologist Candace Campos said.  "Ahead of this front, any patchy fog that developed in the morning will break up, followed by another warm day."


  • Daytona Beach: 83 - 84 (1973)
  • Orlando: 85 - 86 (1938)
  • Sanford: 85 - 85 (2015)
  • Melbourne: 86 - 85 (2015)


"The weekend is looking nice. A cool, dry pattern will set up as high pressure builds in across the Gulf of Mexico," Campos said.

Highs on Saturday and Sunday will range from the mid- to upper 60s for Orlando to Titusville northward, and the lower 70s for the southern half of the state.

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Overnight lows Sunday morning will be the coldest temperatures so far this year, with some areas dipping into the 40s.

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