Record Highs Possible Over The Florida Peninsula Early This Week
Highs are forecast to top out in the lower to mid 90s away from the immediate coastline. The greatest chance of record highs on Tuesday are in Jacksonville (forecast is 92; record is 93), Brooksville (forecast is 93; record is 94), Lakeland (forecast is 95; record is 96), and Sanford (forecast is 94; record is 95).
The core of the hottest weather is forecast to shift southward on Wednesday. Record highs are most likely in Central and Southeast Florida. Leesburg, Winter Haven, and Lakeland are forecast to reach the lower and mid 90s and within 1 degree of their record temperatures. West Palm Beach and Miami are on track to reach 90 degrees, which would also be within striking distance of record highs there.
Early morning low temperatures may also be warm enough to set records Tuesday morning (Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami) and on Wednesday morning (Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami). Lows both mornings are likely to hold in the lower to mid 70s, and may not fall below the upper 70s in coastal Southeast Florida.
A few cooling afternoon thunderstorms are possible along the intersection of the Atlantic and Gulf coast sea breezes, especially in the Orlando, Daytona, and Melbourne areas. The large ridge of high pressure responsible for the early season heat is expected to break down by Thursday, resulting in a brief period of lower humidity and temperatures closer to their seasonal averages in the 80s.
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