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    You know we're in a transition period when we get a day like yesterday (and, so far, today) when it is grey and moody, with the possibility of rain or heavy showers seemingly just around the corner.

    yesterday, it started cloudy, got progressively darker through the day, and then unleashed a series of heavy downpours and showers on us for about 4 hours. Not very Floridian at all! They had been promising us an "increased chance of rain" for 3 days in a row, and it finally arrived yesterday, with some seriously heavy squalls (not very long, but quite intense) mixed in with the heavy overcast. Today doesn't look quite as bad, but there isn't much sun to be seen, and that's fairly indicative of change in the seasons. Summer is now in the rear-view mirror, and the air mass is now quite mixed as we move into cooler weather, one day northerly, the next southerly.

    We are still expecting a significant cool-down this week, then temps jump back up again for the weekend, when there is also a "50% chance" of some thundery, wet weather again. It could actually be the start of the winter "temperature rollercoaster" that we typically get from November on, as cold fronts come through, cool things down, and then warm up again, but slowly taking us from the summer 90sF back into the 70s (and, occasionally, 60s).

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    And suddenly it's December The temp has plummeted overnight from 82F (28C) to barely 54F (12C) first thing this morning. There is a strong northerly breeze pushing the first cold front of winter through Florida and it really feels absolutely perishing! No shorts and T-shirts today However it should only last a couple of days before we get back to normal, but it is pretty startling to be colder than March all of a sudden. For the first time in seven months the temperature in the house has dropped below the A/C setting, and that is the surest sign yet of the change in seasons (and that winter is not far away!). It will be interesting to see if we get more of these big changes in conditions over the next few weeks, as it would definitely be early by usual standards. We should be back to around 23C by mid-afternoon and 28 again by the weekend, but the next 10 days are currently predicted to look like this (during the day):

    23, 23, 26, 28, 23, 19, 24, 26, 27, 28, 28.

    So pretty much all over the shop! As ever, we will see...

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    Ooooh chilly by Florida standards...

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    You got that right, CL! We had to break out the long trousers and sweatshirts to take the dog for a walk this morning (barely 11C!!). We do have wonderful clear blue skies, but the wind feels like it is coming all the way from Canada right now. It IS warming up nicely by mid-afternoon (back into the mid-70sF, 24C) but it is still quite a shock after being at 90/32 only four days ago!

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    And now we are firmly on the winter temperature roller-coaster. After being at 81F yesterday, another cold front moved through overnight and we are barely in the 60s right now. We did get a fair bit of rain overnight, too, so we are up to nearly 3ins for this month (still slightly below average). By the end of October we would expect to be at or around 81F (27C), so be hitting the 60s already (definitely more Dec/Jan than anything else) is a bit of a shock. The forecast also shows us being in the 40s ( ) tonight, which would be an even bigger shock! Of course, the skies are now nice and clear and blue, and we are due to be completely dry and warming up again over the next 5-6 days, hence the 'roller-coaster' effect when things cool down appreciably in the space of 24 hours and then build up again before another cold front comes through. Each front tends to drop the overall temp down by a degree or two from the previous high as we go fully into winter mode. Typically, we drop from 27/28C to around 23/24C in November, but the current Accuweather model shows us being as high as 29 but as low as 14, which should keep us on our toes! I'm all in favour of temps in the upper 70sF (24-26C) as it means we don't need the A/C on indoors, but hopefully we won't have another (very) dry winter like last year.

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    October finished in very chilly and dry mode. The first big blast of winter arrived in the northern states, and that translated into much colder (unseasonally so) weather down here, too. The final rainfall total for the month was only 3ins, instead of the Oct. average of 3.3. Not a huge difference, but hopefully it doesn't mark the start of another dry winter, as, apart from June and September, this has been another below-average year for rainfall, especially in the early part. We did get a big boost, rain-wise, with September's storms, but you can already see that the water levels in the area are dropping, and we certainly don't want that to continue into Nov/Dec.

    The big cool-down did take us down into the 40s (8C) at night, and we barely reached 68F (20C) during the day for a couple of days. We are now back on the climb again, with the temp due to hit 82F again today (28C), but it is still chilly first thing in the morning.

    The 10-day forecast shows us being as high as 84F this week, but then dropping back into the 70s next week with the next cold front as the regular winter weather pattern takes hold. There is very little rain in the forecast, though, which means it is very bright and sunny, and high-factor suncreams are still vital. So don't get caught out with a bad case of sunburn in November!

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    Weather that cold this early in the year would have caught a lot of visitors out I'm sure. I bet Disney had all their winter merchandise rushed into the stores when they saw that forecast.
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    I think you can be fairly sure of that!

    Not so necessary today, though, with the temp already pushing 78F (26C) and should be around 83F later on (28C). Absolutely perfect

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    Things continue to be a bit mixed so far this month, with a fair bit of autumn cool weather mixed in with the usual November bliss! Three days ago it was 85F (29C) and utterly perfect, and yesterday it dropped way back into the low 70s, with heavy overcast and a distinctly chilly breeze - definitely not water-park weather! Today was forecast to be more of the same but so far is also idyllic, at around 75F (23/24C) and hardly a cloud to be seen. It is starting to get breezy again, though, so we could get more clouds, and some showers, in due course.

    The rest of the month ahead looks very much like a typical November, with temps averaging around 78/79F (25.5C) but distinct cool-off periods (where we get a cold front moving down from the north) that drop things into the low 70s and even the 60s. After each cool-down, the temp doesn't quite get back to the previous high mark, hence we drop steadily from 83 to around 75 by the beginning of December.

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    And here comes another cold front....! We were promised some showers that never materialised, but it has got distinctly cooler throughout the day, so we are looking at temps down to around 60F (15.5C) tonight and only in the 70sF during the day. We could bounce back to 81F (27C) at the weekend, in four days' time, but then we are forecast to get noticeably chillier through the rest of the month, dropping as low as 67F (19C) during the day, and only getting back to around 76F (24C) at best. There is still next to no rain in the offing, though, which means we are heading for another dry month after the excess of September. We could certainly do with some, as things get pretty dry pretty quickly with this steady northerly breeze we're getting. There is still plenty of sun so, as ever, don't be fooled into thinking you can't get sunburnt even if it doesn't feel hot. You WILL burn if you're not careful!

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