Enjoy your feast outside: Thanksgiving is looking fabulous in Central Florida

Cold weather is on the way

ORLANDO, Fla. – Move the Turkey Day festivities outside because Central Florida is cooking up a great Thanksgiving forecast.

A large ridge of high pressure will continue to keep a warm onshore breeze in place. Because of this, expect highs in the lower 80s along the coast and mid-80s for inland areas, which is about four to eight degrees above normal for late November, according to News 6 meteorologist Candace Campos.

A few clouds will be around during the day but rain chances are lower than 10% on Thursday. At most, a few sprinkles may move onshore the coastline.

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“Having dinner outside? Temperatures by about 6 p.m. should begin cooling into the mid- to upper 70s under mostly clear skies,” Campos said.

If you’re planning on heading to the stores early Black Friday, be aware patchy fog will be possible around Central Florida through sunrise, with wake-up temperatures in the low 60s.

Some big changes are expected in Central Florida after the holiday weekend.

“Early next week features a much different weather pattern over the area,” Campos said. “A strong cold front will approach the area early Monday, accompanied by a band of showers and storms with the front quickly passing early Monday. Rain chances areawide will be up to 60-70% followed by clearing skies Monday evening.”

Behind the front, expect temperatures to drastically drop, with highs in the mid-60s Monday and Tuesday and Tuesday morning temperatures dipping into the 40s.

Pinpointing the tropics

With just a few days left in the official 2020 hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center is monitoring two disturbances in the tropics for possible development.

A low pressure system is currently located several hundred miles southeast of Bermuda could acquire some subtropical characteristics over the next day or two while it drifts south-southwestward. The Hurricane Center is giving it a 10% chance for development in the next two days.

A non-tropical area of low pressure is also expected to form over the far eastern Atlantic during the weekend, according to the NHC. Forecasters are giving it a 20% chance for development over the next five days as it moves slowly southward.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs through Nov. 30.

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