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Central Florida is in the warm sector of a major winter storm system that is getting wound up over the eastern half of the country. The low at the center of the system is well to our northwest and the warm front extending east from the low is now well to our north. This combination is producing the southerly winds and the warm and humid set-up currently over the region. We will remain in the warm sector of the storm system through Wednesday night with ongoing cloud cover and the chance for scattered fast moving showers and even a few thunderstorms in the forecast through early Wednesday. The cold front associated with the system will move down the Florida Peninsula late on Wednesday. Southwest winds will become quite breezy ahead of the front on Wednesday, moving a line of showers and potentially strong storms over the area of Christmas Eve. As the front pass to the south early Christmas morning, northwest winds will follow and will usher in a much cooler and drier air mass for Christmas day.
Tonight look for mostly cloudy skies and a chance for a few brief fast moving showers. It will be warm and muggy overnight with morning lows 15 degrees warmer than normal for this time of year in the middle to upper 60s. Low clouds and patchy fog will make for a gray morning around Central Florida. Tuesday will remain mostly cloudy with a deep southerly flow keeping the weather conditions warm and quite humid. Highs will be about 10 degrees higher than normal in the upper 70s and lower 80s with a chance for showers remaining in the forecast.
As the front approaches the area on Wednesday, winds will pick up into the 15 to 20 mph range out of the southwest. Look for cloudy skies with fast moving showers and a few strong thunderstorms in the forecast throughout the day and into the evening hours. Highs on Wednesday will be warm once again in the lower 80s. As the front moves through the area late Christmas Eve and Early Christmas morning, winds will switch to the northwest and a cooler and drier air mass will follow the front.
After morning lows in the 50s under cloudy skies on Christmas, skies will begin to clear by mid-morning with sunshine in the afternoon and highs in the middle to upper 60s. Friday morning will be quite cold with lows in the middle 40s, with sunshine and highs in the upper 60s. The weekend will see a slow warm-up with highs in the upper 60s and lower to middle 70s.
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