ORLANDO, Fla. — Several locations around Central Florida either tied or set record high temperatures Thursday afternoon as above-average heat continued across the region.

Leesburg and Sanford soared to new high records. Leesburg set a new record of 87 degrees, breaking an old record of 85 degrees set in 1959. In Sanford, the high hit 88 degrees, breaking a 7-year-old record temperature of 86.

Other locations tied record highs: Orlando International Airport hit 89 degrees, which tied a record from 2013; and Daytona Beach tied a record from 1935 with a high temperature of 86.

We’ll say goodbye to the 80s, briefly, as a cold front moves south Friday and drops our temperatures to end the work week.

Mostly cloudy skies are in the forecast through the overnight hours and a front moves in. There will be a chance for a few showers as we head toward daybreak, along with some patchy areas of fog. Temperatures will be mild to at least start the day, falling into the mid-60s.

High pressure responsible for our recent bout of heat and humidity is drifting southeast allowing a cold front upstream to push in our direction. 

Ahead of the front, a broken line of showers is forecast to move over the area during the overnight hours. Scattered showers pick up a bit as the front approaches during the morning hours Friday. We’ll paint rain coverage at 40 to 50-percent Friday although not an all-day rain and no storms expected. 

We wrap up any showers before your Valentine’s Day dinner plans and you’ll need a light jacket as cooler air temporarily spill south. Highs Friday and Saturday reach the low to mid-70s, then up close to 80 Sunday and into the 80s from Presidents Day through all of next week. 

Beach and Surf Conditions

Grab a board and be prepared for fair surfing conditions the first half of Friday. You may have to contend with a few showers, but will still be able to catch sets running two to three feet with an east-southeast trade swell and rising northeast windswell. A moderate rip current threat sticks around tomorrow through the weekend.

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