Orlando closes year as second hottest
December forecast to be warmer than normal for most of US
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.
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