Fall weather is finally on its way to the Florida peninsula for the first time this year but it will not arrive without some disturbed weather. A powerful front has been moving across the continental United States for the past few days bringing heavy rain, wind, and even tornados to parts of the Great Plains and Deep South. The massive severe weather outbreak is scheduled to hit Florida on Thursday, October 28th, and has the potential to bring destructive weather to most of the peninsula.
Residents of Florida, especially in the Orlando and Tampa Bay areas, have been told to watch out for strong winds, driving rain, lightning and a slight chance of a tornado outbreak as the front passes over the state Thursday afternoon.
The good news is, once the frontal boundary has passed, a deluge of cool dry air is ready to set in over the state. Florida has had one of the hottest and driest October's on record thus far and the relief from the persistent summer-like weather is going to be much appreciated. Highs are set to drop upwards of twenty degrees from temperatures earlier in the week. The Tampa and Orlando metro areas are going to get highs that will only crack the mid to upper 70s with lows dropping into the 50s in many inland areas.
Once the worst of the weather passes, the Halloween weekend is set to be beautiful. Florida and Georgia square off in football Saturday afternoon in what is going to be perfect weather. The forecast calls for a slight breeze, blue skies, and highs in the middle 70s. Halloween is on Sunday and much of the state is set to experience similarly gorgeous weather with daytime highs barely reaching 80 with a cool evening perfect for trick-or-treating.
In the meantime, residents are urged to stay tuned to their local weather stations and keep an eye on the skies on Thursday as the frontal boundary moves through the area. Severe weather can break out quickly and in small areas with little warning.
The area of disturbed weather continues to wreak havoc across the country as it approaches the Florida peninsula.