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    And damn if we don't need the air-conditioning on again! After a couple of days (15th and 16th) with ideal, mild winter weather, we have gone soaring (no pun intended) back into the 80s, with temps reaching a truly heatwave-like 86F (a full 14 degrees above average). It's amazing to be this warm in mid-late December, and we could well stay in the 80s for another day or two. In typical winter weather roller-coaster fashion, we are then likely to drop back into the 70s (but only around 74-75) later in the week, before we climb back to around 81 again for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (cue headlines of "Phew! What a scorcher!").

    We might get a shower or two tomorrow and again on Friday (the 23rd) but we will stay largely rain-free. With everything this dry, (getting on for 10 straight weeks of near-drought conditions by Florida standards) it is interesting to see trees that don;t normall drop their leaves until January/Feb already completely bare, and lots of ant activity when it is normally dormant from Dec-Mar.

    We ARE supposed to cool off by the end of the month, back into the high 60s, but, right now, we are feely distinctly warmn, and things aren't really cooling down much at night (barely into the 60s). After briefly geting the jeans and sweatshirts out earlier this month, it is back to shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops!!

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    And then we take a drop on the temperature roller-coaster...! From the warm (nay, roasting and sweaty!) heights of 86F on Sunday, we have suddenly plunged back into the 60s, with the thermometer struggling to reach 66 today. It has cooled off noticeable at night, too, and we even got our first real rain in more than two months thanks to the hot. humid build-up, with a good inch of much-needed precipitation on Sunday night. It has been distinctly grey and miserable in the aftermath of that little bit of weather, but we are supposed to be back up to 82 again at the weekend - just in time for Christmas Day! There is zero rain in the forecast for the next 10 days, so we're going to have to resort to watering the plants again soon.

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    The heat goes on! Here we are, on December 27 and it is still well over 80F (27C). We were up to 83 on Boxing Day, which was only 2 degrees below the record - set last year! trues, we did get some rain yesterday, as it got humid and cloudy, but it lasted barely an hour and didn't amount to much in the rain gauge (barely 0.02ins). And we should be hot and warm for another day or two yet. We ARE due for a big drop at the weekend, though, with a cold front coming through on friday and dragging a lot of much colder weather from the north with it. We could be down well into the 60s, and a lot colder than that at night! Still no appreciable rain in the forecast, though, which would mean we will finish December with little more than an inch of rain, well below the usual average for a second month in a row.

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    We have had a few days with bright sunny weather, cold though but I much prefer it that way. There has been fog around in the evening too.

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    Speaking to my parents on Xmas Day, they said the weather (in Hove) has been ridiculously mild so far this winter, a real boon. Ours remains unpredictable, as we had rain yesterday evening (almost as soon as I'd finished the last post on this thread!). Not a lot, but enough to make a noise for 15 minutes and give the garden a much-needed sprinkling.

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    And then the temperature falls off a cliff! Yesterday, we were at a balmy 83F (28C), as we had been all week, and basking in superb weather both morning and evening (shorts and T-shirts all round!). Today, as predicted, the thermometer dropped like a stone, all the way to 45F (barely 7C) as a cold front moved through overnight. All the cold air to the north is now being funnelled directly to our house (!!) and it feels like the Arctic after the heatwave conditions we had been enjoying. It's also one of the biggest day-to-day drops in temperature we have seen in a year. At mid-day, the temp has struggled back to 55F (almost 13C) but the wind is making it feel colder, and we may not top 60 all day. That's a big Yikes! even for people from colder climates, especially if they went out looking at the sun and not the forecast!!

    By contrast, Accuweather says we'll be up to a dizzying 29C (84F) next week, which would be fully 13F above normal for this time of year and only 2 degrees below the record, set in 1980. The first 11 days of 2017 should see things oscillate between 84 and 61F (the typical winter weather roller-coaster effect), and then cool off significantly, with temps barely reaching 75 for the rest of the month (and many days in the 60s). Hopefully, we will get some rain!

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    (Almost) as fast as the temp goes down, it goes right back up again! Having plummeted into the 40sF on Friday morning, we are now sweltering again, with the thermometer back over 80 (actually at 81) and a humidity that makes it feel more like 84. Really unusual for December, let alone January! There is the distinct possibility of some showery weather of all of a sudden, too, which just goes to show how quickly it can all change. The temp shows a gradual decline later this week, though, from the low 80s to 61F by Sunday, which might actually feel quite refreshing!

    Once again, it underlines that you do need to be prepared for quite a mixture at this time of year: from swimsuits to sweatshirts - and back again - in a few days!

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    It looks like the more extreme heat is over, at least for a while. Another cold front moved through overnight yesterday that dropped things back into the low 70s, from a near-record high of 85F on Monday and Tuesday (the 2nd and 3rd). We even had a bit of rain overnight, although nowhere near what we need in terms of the ongoing semi-drought, with two months seriously under the usual average (and little more than an inch in total for Nov and Dec).

    The forecast also shows a much sharper front coming through this weekend that could drop us back into the low 50s for a couple of days, which would be a real taste of winter. There is even the chance of a thunderstorm on the 7th. However, once we warm back up again (into the 75F range), we should stay distinctly above average (70/71F or 21C) for the rest of the month, according to Accuweather. The next real 'cool off' period isn't until the end of the month. But, as ever, we shall see...

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    And just like that, it's winter again! They did forecast a really cold snap in the wake of a big, stormy cold front that has passed through overnight and this morning. but they did say we'd stay in the high 50s at least. We started the day at 67 and have gone steadily down ever since!! The thermometer currently reads 50F and it's threatening to drop significantly lower tonight, so we could need thermal underwear tomorrow morning!! The rain (which amounted to more than an inch) has now all subsided, but it's been a pretty unpleasant day, with squally showers and lows of fast-moving cloud. The wind continues to blow, which makes the real temperature around 48F right now, so anyone in the parks will need jumpers AND coats today (and thermal underwear tomorrow ).

    We should be back to our sunny selves tomorrow, and for the next 10 days (possibly getting back up to 80F again by next weekend), with little to no rain in the forecast, but dressing for the temperature, and not the appearance of temperature, will be the order of the day for a while.

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    Crikey, keep warm! Over here we are used to it but it must be a shock to the system for you.

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