Or­lando closes year as sec­ond hottest

De­cem­ber fore­cast to be warmer than nor­mal for most of US

Orlando Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Spear

Or­lando is clos­ing out 2019 at about a tenth of a de­gree be­hind the hottest year on record for the city, which was 2015, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

Over­all, Cen­tral Florida tem­per­a­tures this year are track­ing along with much of the Florida penin­sula, where cities from Jack­sonville to Gainesvill­e to St. Peters­burg to Mi­ami are likely to record their hottest or sec­ond-hottest years on record.

“Since 2015, we have been warmer than nor­mal con­sis­tently,” said Derrick Weitlich, cli­mate pro­gram leader at the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice of­fice in Mel­bourne. “The ma­jor­ity of sites in our area have been in the top 10 or the top five warm­est.”

The av­er­age tem­per­a­tures for Florida and Ge­or­gia from Jan­uary through last month were the hottest ever ob­served for that 11-month pe­riod, ac­cord­ing the Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

And the Cli­mate Pre­dic­tion Cen­ter is fore­cast­ing De­cem­ber to be warmer than nor­mal for most of the na­tion.

The av­er­age tem­per­a­ture for

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