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    We were just wondering how hot it is at the moment as this time last year we were just flying out and it was around the mid 80's. It always seems that as soon as May arrives the temperature goes up a notch but it looks like it may have risen early. Certainly warmer than here, last night while we were driving out we were passed by a gritter lorry dumping stuff on the road and our car was warning us about ice..

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    Yes, we've been well above average for April so far but, ironically, last night saw a big storm front pass through, with a cold front behind it, and today it is much cooler than usual (barely 68F/20C at 10am, when those have been our night-time temps for the past week or more). The average for this time of year is 83/28, so it is a pretty big swing overnight. And that, ultimately, is the difference between the shoulder seasons and the 'summer' (which is typically May-Oct), when there is very little temp variation from day to day.

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    And now we have a severe thunderstorm warning for tomorrow (Friday), with the distinct possibility of heavy rain, thunder and lightning for much of the afternoon. That's not too unusual for April, but more than a couple of hours of stormy weather would be. As ever, we shall see...

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    There is now a Tornado Watch for many of the counties to our north and west. That means they are expecting conditions that COULD lead to a tornado or two somewhere in the stormfront that is expected to arrive around 2pm this afternoon (in 4 hours' time). The good thing is that it shouldn't last for much more than an hour, but the bad news is that it could get pretty wild for a little while!

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    Anatomy of a storm:

    It has been steadily clouding over for the last 3 hours, and the wind has been rising from just a steady breeze to some distinctly strong gusts (20-30mph).

    2pm: the sky away to the west is now definitely dark and threatening.

    2.20pm: first rumble of thunder.

    2.45pm: still rumbling and grumbling, but still a way off. Starting to think it might just slide past to the north.

    3pm: The temp has dropped from 83 to 72 (28-22C), but there’s still no rain, despite the wind still gusting up to 30mph in brief bursts. It remains dark to the west and north but the sky overhead is not at all threatening (if completely cloudy).

    3.10pm: It's now VERY dark to the west, and there is a lull in the wind.

    3.20pm: MUCH louder thunder now and the cloud is practically purple-black as it closes in from the south and west, almost down to ground level. If you've been here in July/Aug, you know what it looks like as it closes in really quickly.

    3.22pm: First drops of rain, and some REALLY sharp flashes of lightning - the air is quite still.

    3:25pm: the wind is now blowing and gusting up to 35-40mph, and the rain is starting in earnest. Visibility is suddenly down to less than 100 yards.

    3.27pm: Absolute sheets of heavy rain pouring down with the thunder and lightning. It's dark in every direction.

    3.31pm: It's now steady, heavy rain, but not the monsoon-like initial downburst. You'd still get soaked in 30 secs flat - but not drowned!

    3.35pm: Still raining and still a lot of thunder and lightning around, but you can sense it is already starting to die off. The temp has dropped all the way down to 67F/19C.

    3.39 pm: the wind is now dropping off, back to merely breezy, but the rain remains steady and soaking. We've probably had the best part of an inch in little more than 15 minutes! And still some very loud cracks of thunder.

    3.49: the rain is still coming down steadily but is now noticeably lighter. Still regular thunder, but that is now abating, too. The cloud remains unbroken in every direction, but nowhere near as dark as it was.

    4.05pm: The rain remains steady and there is still the occasional flash of lightning and crack of thunder. This isn't going away immediately. Looks like we've had about 1.5ins of rain to date. There are reports of delays at Orlando Airport.

    4.27pm: No more thunder, and the rain is now light, if still persistent. Not nice to be out in, but no longer the threatening downpour it was for the first 25-30 minutes.

    4.33pm: No more thunder? I don't think so! That one was loud enough to wake the dead. There's still a bit of life in this storm yet, even though the rain is now only fairly light.

    4.51: According to the weather radar, we are now in the final throes of the rain left in the wake of the storm has tracked pretty much right across Florida, in a long line from west to east. This hasn't been the typical type of summer storm in the final analysis, as it is has simply been too broad a front and rather too long-lasting.

    5.07: It's now just a light rain, barely a persistent drizzle, but still with the occasional grumble of thunder in the distance.

    5.21pm: The rain is done, exactly 2 hours since it all started. Still heavily cloudy and overcast and there is still some light rain in the forecast for the next hour or so, but nothing at the moment. And we're supposed to be back to clear skies again by 11pm, and then with 7 straight days of largely sunny weather. We should be cooler for the first 3, but then back into the mid 80sF and very pleasant.

    So, a half-day of pretty miserable weather, by our standards. Then, on with the show...!

    PS: The sun was actually back out by 7.30, and it was a cloudless night!
    Last edited by Simon Veness; Yesterday at 12:52 PM.

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    And we've had 2 gorgeous days of bright, cloudless weather since then - albeit a fair bit cooler than we'd expect. The cold front that moved in behind friday's thunderstorm was a lot sharper than forecast. This time last week, the mercury hit a whopping 90F/32C, a full eight degrees above normal. Yesterday it barely reached 70/21, so 12 degrees BELOW normal! The night-time temps have also dipped back into the 50sF, which is just a touch chilly first thing in the morning!

    However, no-one can argues with the clear blue skies we now have, with not a cloud to be seen. It is ideal theme park weather, although, of course, we also need to remind you about high-factor suncreams as it is VERY easy to get a bad case of sunburn without them.

    As a final post-script on the thunderstorm, there were a few reports of trees being downed in places, so it was quite a sharp storm front, even if it didn't generate any tornadoes.

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