Central Florida kicks off 2021 with near-record heat

Next cold front on the way

ORLANDO, Fla. – Central Florida is continuing with unseasonably warm and humid weather for the start of 2021, with wake-up temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s.

“High pressure will remain our main weather feature across the region as a weak front is kept at bay across the Panhandle and into the Gulf,” News 6 meteorologist Candace Campos said. “Winds will be a bit more southerly today with speeds increasing in upwards of 15 mph at times with higher gusts along the coast.

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Temperatures will again warm to near records, in the mid- to low 80s across most of the area, under partly cloudy skies.

Here are the current records:

  • Daytona Beach: 83 degrees set in 2019
  • Leesburg: 84 degrees set in 2016
  • Sanford: 85 degrees set in 1991
  • Orlando: 87 degrees set in 1924
  • Melbourne: 84 degrees set in 2016

Sick of the heat? Hang in there. Another cold front is on the way.

Central Florida’s next cold front is forecast to be nearly stationary across the Panhandle on Saturday while high pressure remains anchored over the western Atlantic, according to Campos. Warm air and low-level moisture should be sufficient enough for isolated showers to develop in the afternoon. High temperatures will continue their trend well above average for early January.

The big push of cold air will finally move into the area by Sunday night and into Monday morning. Rain chances during the day Sunday are around 40% across most of the area.

Conditions will start to dry out behind the front, with rain chances trending down by Monday. Temperatures on Sunday will run near normal, in the mid-70s, with another drop in temperatures by the start of next week. By Monday and Tuesday, highs will be in the mid-60s and lows in the 40s.

About the Author:

Candace joined the News 6 team as the weekend morning meteorologist and reporter. She comes to Central Florida from Miami.