Heat records tied, broken amid Florida heatwave

It was hot in central Florida. Daytona Beach, Orlando, Melbourne and Vero Beach tied or broke heat-related records on Thursday afternoon.

Daytona Beach reached 100 degrees – a temperature it hadn’t seen since August 1999. Orlando tied its heat record of 99 degrees and Vero Beach set two new records: a low of 65 and a high of 94. Melbourne equaled its record of 96, according to the National Weather Service.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR FRIDAY AROUND ORLANDO?

Friday will be another hot in Central Florida with the possibility of heat records being tied or set, followed by storms expected Friday night and through the weekend.

Main meteorological threats: dangerous heat, heavy rain, lightning and winds gusting up to 50 mph. Be sure to drink plenty of water and stay in the shade during the hottest hours of the day.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER FOR WALT DISNEY WORLD, UNIVERSAL AND SEAWORLD?

It was hot on Thursday – and that heat will continue on Friday. The heat index will be close to 110 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Drink water, wear sunscreen, and find shade when you can.

In the late afternoon, there is a 70% chance of thunderstorms and lightning, so don’t forget an umbrella and a rain jacket if you’re playing in the parks.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR CENTRAL FLORIDA BEACHES?

Onshore winds tomorrow 12 mph, with 1-2 foot waves and otherwise blue glassy seas. Thunderstorms after 4 p.m. with locally strong gusts of wind and very dangerous lightning.

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