National Weather Service: Central Florida Cold Weather Hits 20s Windchill

ORLANDO, Florida – The National Weather Service reported that windchills have hit the mid-20s in Central Florida this morning, Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

Latest observations prior to sunrise show temperatures across east Central Florida falling to the mid to upper 30s with brisk northerly winds of 15 to 20 mph.

This will lead to wind chills in the 20s this morning, which will last through sunrise.

Central Florida wind chills
Central Florida wind chills. Credit: National Weather Service

A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect for east Central Florida until 9 a.m., with a Freeze Warning in effect for Lake and inland Volusia counties until 8 a.m. for temperatures falling below freezing.

After sunrise, temperatures will quickly warm out of the 30s, with forecast highs in the 60s.

The proximity of high pressure to our north and a surface low pressure to the east will keep a tight pressure gradient in place over the region, thus maintaining brisk northerly winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph throughout the day.

A Wind Advisory is in effect for all coastal counties, with the highest winds along the barrier islands.

A Lake Wind Advisory is in effect for interior counties, with a focus for higher winds over inland lakes.

Shifting to the Atlantic waters and the coast, high winds will also create hazardous boating and beach conditions today.

A High Surf Advisory is in effect for large breaking waves and the risk of minor beach erosion during the hours surrounding high tide.

A high risk of rip currents will be present today, with the threat being highest during the hours around low tide.

Over the marine zones, winds will frequently gust over 35 knots today and seas will build up to 18 ft.