LIVE RADAR: 2 seasons in 12 hours, Central Florida feeling dramatic temperature drop Christmas Eve night

40-50 degree temperature plummet from Christmas Eve to Christmas morning

The threat for isolated strong storms has come to an end as the cold front has pushed south of the region. Temperatures will continue to plummet through the rest of Christmas Eve into Christmas morning. It will remain gusty through Christmas Day.

Rain will continue for the first few hours of the overnight, but skies will quickly clear by sunrise.

Rain lingers after midnight

A gusty wind will make it feel even colder than what the thermometer shows. Highs will only top out in the low-to-mid 50s Christmas Day.

Highs Christmas Day

The coldest air in nearly three years settles in Christmas night as the wind starts to relax. A widespread frost is possible west of I-95, especially in areas protected by the breeze. A freeze is also possible across most of Central Florida, meaning temperatures have the opportunity to dip to 32 degrees or lower Saturday morning.

The best chance at a hard freeze, temperatures of 28 degrees or lower, will occur north of Orlando.

If you have plants, it’s best to cover them or bring them in. It’s also a good idea to bring the pets in as well. With a light breeze continuing Saturday morning, wind chills, how the air feels on your skin, will dip into the 20s with the exception of coastal areas. Areas along the coast will have wind chills in the 30s.

What it will feel like with the wind and temperature combined

Highs Saturday will also struggle to climb out of the 40s. Another cold morning will be on tap for Sunday.

About the Author:

Jonathan Kegges joined the News 6 team in June 2019 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. Jonathan comes from Roanoke, Virginia where he covered three EF-3 tornadoes and deadly flooding brought on by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.