ORLANDO, Fla. — Cold temperatures started our Tuesday with most in the upper 30s to low 40s. Ocala even dropped below freezing down to 30 degrees!

The cooler weather certainly brought the manatees to Blue Spring State Park in Volusia County. The Save the Manatee Club reports 295 manatees were counted at the park on Tuesday, compared to just 105 manatees at the park on Sunday.

Even though there was plenty of sunshine throughout the afternoon, highs only reached the upper 50s to low 60s. Temperatures will be on a warming trend the next few days, but it will be slow.

Mostly clear skies are in the forecast through the overnight hours. Temperatures will be a few degrees warmer, but still cold. Most will fall into the mid to low 40s, with some of our northern spots in the upper 30s as we head toward daybreak.

Cold Weather Shelters will open Tuesday night in the following places:


  • Melbourne: His Place Ministries, 1842 South Harbor City Blvd., opens at 8 p.m.
  • Titusville: North Brevard Coalition of Human Services, Disabled Veterans Chapter 109, 435 N Singleton Ave., opens at 5 p.m.
  • Cocoa: Central Brevard Sharing Center, 113 Aurora Street, opens at 6 p.m.
  • Palm Bay: Mosaic Palm Bay, 2100 Malabar Blvd NE, opens at 6 p.m.

The jet stream has dipped far enough south to keep us in a cool west-northwest flow Wednesday. Even with another sun-filled sky, temperatures only climb into the mid to upper 60s.

High pressure stretches across the Deep South and into Florida Thursday and Friday with a moderation in temperatures in the forecast. We are going mostly sunny and upper 60s to around 70 Thursday, then mostly sunny and low to mid-70s Friday.

A weak front stalls in northern Florida this weekend bringing a slight shower chance both Saturday and Sunday, but most of the activity will remain off our east coast. We’ll warm into the mid to upper 70s both days. The next cold front to arrive slides in Wednesday with rain coverage up to 30 percent.

Beach and Surf Conditions

Very poor surfing conditions are in the cards tomorrow thanks to minor northerly windswell traces and wave heights of only ankle to knee high. Tidal effects will create a moderate rip current threat along area beaches once again.

Sea surface temps remain steady and cool in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

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