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    Oh dear, not good at all. Mind you our weather here isn't very nice for anyone holidaying here for the half term (although I suppose October in the UK isn't generally brilliant).

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    Yes, Saturday and Sunday sounded really dreadful, CL (although my parents have been known to exaggerate slightly!). We certainly needed the rain after a very dry first half of the month, but we've now had enough to last 2 Octobers!!

    Things do like they will be drying up (and cooling down) as we go into November, but things remain extremely warm and humid right now, which is definitely a bit unusual for this late in the year. But then 'unusual' IS the new normal these days!!

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    And here's a weather graphic to prove it today. This is a local meteorologist pointing out it is more like August than October. So he has christened this month....*drum roll...!*....Augtober!!


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    Well, they were almost spot on today for Orlando. We hit a high of 92F/33C, with the Heat Index at 98/36.5 , so it's staying pretty hot (that's fully 10 degrees above normal for this time of year. But then 'normal' is fast becoming a word of little meaning). We'll see how we do for the rest of the week

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    It's October 31; it's almost November (duh!); it's on the cusp of winter in most places. So why are we looking at record-equalling temperatures here in Central Florida today??!! Both Tampa and Sarasota have seen their previous record temps passed this month, and today we are at 91F/32C, with the Heat Index at 95-96F/35C. This is just ridiculous, in all honesty, as it's Trick Or Treat night here and have NEVER had to have the fan outside to keep us cool as we dole out the Halloween candy

    We ARE supposed to cool down tomorrow, with the first of a series of cold fronts passing through, but jeepers, this is borderline insane for the last day of October

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    It's November 1; it's the beginning of November (duh!); it's on the cusp of winter in most places. And the temp has dropped dramatically overnight with the forecast cold front, fully 20 degrees cooler than yesterday, and barely reaching 79F/26C at its highest. We are supposed to be down in the 60s tonight, which will be really welcome after all the unseasonal heat! Who knows, we might even be able to turn the A/C off for a while...

    The 10-day forecast now sees us looking at a prolonged cool-down, with a high of only 83/28 and lows in the region of 63-68/17-20. Pure bliss! TBH, that IS what we should be seeing at this time of year, albeit just not as dramatic! There are only a few showers in the forecast, too, so things should be close to ideal for a while

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    October finished as the warmest on record for Orlando, averaging 89.5F/32C, which is REALLY warm for this late in the year. But, that's the way it's going. We had just over 6ins of rain in total (2.5ins above average), but that was nothing compared to Daytona Beach, which had nearly 14 inches!!

    But we finished the month with a 5-day dry spell and haven't seen any rain yet this month, so that's 10 days straight without any precipitation. So you can see the 'roller-coaster' effect also applies to the rainfall as well as the temp at this time of year.

    After starting the month quite cool, we've warmed up again back into the mid 80sF/29.5C, and we're due for another 3 days of above-average temps before the next cold front comes through and drops things back into the 70s. From there, we will see the winter temp roller-coaster in full effect, as we warm up for a few days and then drop back to a cooler temp, each time not quite reaching the previous high, and dropping down below the previous cold mark, too.

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    Considering we were dealing with near-record heat barely 2 weeks ago, this week has been an absolute roller-coaster, from 85F/29C down to 49/9.5 in the space of 4 days as a huge cold-weather system pushes down from Canada, bringing snow, freezing rain and bitter temps to much of the country. Down in Florida it manifested itself as 2 distinct cold fronts, bringing cool, gray weather for a couple of days, and some really chilly, northerly winds. It has necessitated the return of long trousers (!) for the first time since about April, and the A/C is firmly shut down (at least for a few days).

    However, the sun is back out again this morning and, even though it is only 61/16 now, it's forecast to climb slowly back to 81/27 in the next 6 days. Even better, there is no rain in the forecast for the next 10 days, so it should be ideal theme park weather (albeit, you'll need a sweater for the early morning and evenings).

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    Did I say ideal? Scratch that. The past few days have been a salutary reminder that November in Florida can still be winter. Instead of temps pushing back to 70F/21C, we have not reached 60/15 this weekend (and this is Sunday afternoon), and things have been VERY chilly in the evening (down into the upper 40sF, hence last night at Busch Gardens for Christmas Town was a bit of an ordeal without a decent coat and gloves!). The past few Novembers have seen near-record temps, with plenty of sun, hence it's easy to be lulled into a false sense of security, and this week is a reminder that you still need to pack for some cold conditions at this time of year. The forecast still calls for temps getting back to 80/26 in a week's time, but it looks like things will remain distinctly cool (and grey) for the time being.

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    We seem to have gone from 'Aug-tober' last month to mid-winter this month! We have had nearly a full week of well-below-average temps (barely passing 70F/21C, when we'd expect it to be more like 77-78/25. We are supposed to be back to 80/26.5 this weekend (today and tomorrow), but then things are due to cool down again, with another cold front passing through. Thereafter, we can see we are firmly on track for the typical Florida winter temperature roller-coaster, as things slowly warm up over a few days, and then drop back down again, often into the 60s during the day and as low as 48/9 at night.

    Although November is also typically a very dry month (barely 2ins of rain on average), we are looking at being well below the typical rainfall, with just half an inch this month to date, and next to nothing in the forecast for the next 10 days.

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