Here comes the sun: Spring brings warmup to Orlando area

Dry weather elevates fire danger for most of Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. – The first full day of spring brings the return of sunshine to Central Florida.

After days of gloomy, soggy conditions, Orlando will reach a high of 77 degrees Thursday, with no chance of rain. The average high on this date is 79.

"Expect a beautiful first day of spring across Central Florida," News 6 meteorologist Candace Campos said.

As dry air continues to build into Central Florida high pressure will be the dominant feature. Expect very few clouds for the next couple days.

Boaters and beachgoers, however, should use caution.

"Long-periods of northeast swells will impact the coast up to 4-6 feet and produce rough surf at the beaches and a high risk for rip currents," Campos said.

Tidal levels will continue to run above normal, with high tide occurring around 9 a.m.

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Overnight lows will be in the mid-50s.

Friday's high will be 75, with sunny skies.

The weekend will be similar with highs reaching 80 by Sunday.

Rain chances won't return until Tuesday with 20 percent coverage.

Because conditions will continue to be dry for the next few days there is an elevated fire danger for much of Central Florida. There is a moderate fire risk for Flagler, Volusia, Lake, Sumter, Seminole, Orange and Osceola County counties.

There is a high fire danger risk for all of Marion County and a low fire danger risk expected for Brevard County. Because of dry conditions low humidity and increased winds, there is a red flag warning for Marion County until 7 p.m. Thursday.

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