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    It was mighty hot when we went across Seven Seas Lagoon this afternoon even with the breeze as the boat moved.
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    I agree, we got a boat from Magic Kingdom ( got the monorail from the Grand Floridian after breakfast there) to Wilderness Lodge (to have a look around) and it was very hot indeed....

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    The weekend did end up being very hot and sticky from the humidity, but it did cool down a bit with an evening thunderstorm on Sunday (albeit not long and with not much in the way of rain). Monday then threatened to do the same thing and got very overcast and rumbly at 3pm at the Magic Kingdom, so much so they cancelled the 3pm parade - and then it all cleared up. Very frustrating for those waiting to see the parade (especially all the Anna and Elsa fans who couldn't get in to see them at the 4-hr queue at Princess Fairytale Hall). Just goes to show (Once again) how the weather can be SO localised that even when you think it's just about to pour, it doesn't (of course, it can also rain when you least expect it!).

    After a brief dip in temps on Sun eve, things have moved straight back into the low 90s again and look like staying that way until at least October! The humidity is definitely increasing, too, hence we are now seeing a "20-50%" chance of isolated thunderstorms pretty much every day. When it says "40% chance" 10 days in a row, we know summer has properly arrived!

    May looks like finishing as another dry month, though. We've still had less than 2ins in total and would normally expect 3.5, so hopefully June will bring a bit more to get the aquifers back up again.

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    After checking into DTD on Saturday we went to the cinema to keep cool. When we got into the car and started the drive to the airport the temperature gauge was showing 100 degrees!

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    Yes, it's been hitting that mark several times recently. That's the ground temp rather than the air temp but, even still...!!

    This week has remained pretty hot and humid and there was a HUGE thunderstorm that we drove through yesterday on the way back from St Pete Beach to Orlando, with more than 20 miles of torrential rain and thunder and lightning just the I-75 side of Tampa. But, by the time we were home, it was bone dry again, and we are still waiting for anything significant weather-wise since early in the month. The forecast now calls for "a 60% chance" of rain and thunderstorms this afternoon and tomorrow. But, seeing as how all that heavy weather moved north yesterday with NONE of it reaching here, I'm not so sure!

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    OK, May went out on a very dry note, but June? Not so much! After avoiding a lot of wet, stormy weather for 3 successive days (with temps only at 85-88F, but fairly humid), it finally gave us a broadside for much of this afternoon, with frequent squally showers and one more prolonged steady downpour.

    May actually finished in our corner of Central Florida with barely 2ins of rain, which isn't much for this time of year (we'd normally expect nearly twice that), so things have been distinctly arid now for almost a month. Looking back, December gave us barely half an inch, Jan was distinctly wetter at just over 3ins (almost an inch above average), but then Feb was only 1.57ins (an inch below average). March then dumped almost 6ins of rain on us, and April another 5ins-plus, but then May was dry save for 2 days early on and one in the middle, so today's rain was very welcome. The ground gets very dry very quickly here, hence the plants needed a good soaking.

    Temperatures are forecast to stay in the 85-90F range for the next 10 days or so, which is distinctly below average, too, and the next significant rain chances (i.e above 30%) don't kick in until next weekend. We shall see...!

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    There has been absolutely no sign of the thunderstorms forecast for this weekend so far but it has been getting seriously hot, albeit without the usual summer humidity. Temps have gone up pretty rapidly from the 82 of last week to 94/95 in the past few days, making it a VERY warm experience in the parks. Without the humidity, it does mean you can still cool down in the shade but we are certainly starting to see the full summer heat experience. The next 10-day forecast shows things getting into more 'summery' mood, with a much higher chance of a daily thunderstorm ("40-60%"), which will certainly increase the humidity. The fact we've had only half an inch of rain so far (June usually gets almost 8ins in total. on average) shows how unusual it has been from that point of view, but all that is likely to change soon!

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    And how things change! After three days with thunderstorms everywhere but in our zipcode (including some big storms to the south and west), we have had five successive days of significant rain and some serious thunder and lightning. It has also been all over the shop, time-wise, from 11 in the morning to 9 at night, with a couple of days lasting for two hours or more and yesterday giving us multiple showers.

    On Tuesday, the 4pm thunderstorm was about half-an-hour late but lasted more than 2 hours; on Wednesday, it arrived at 1.30pm and again lasted the best part of 2 hours, with light rain lasting for another hour; Thursday's rain wasn't quite as heavy or prolonged but Friday's storm rolled in with no warning (and certainly no forecast!) at 11am and brought a really heavy thunderstorm lasting around an hour that blew one of the panels of our pool screen out. Quite a surprise. There was more rain at around 6pm, and more later in the evening. Today (Saturday), the 4pm storm was again very early (around 1.15) and very wet. It hasn't cleared up, either, as we've had more thundery rain since then and it's staying cloudy and dull.

    The biggest surprise, though, has been the drop in temperature, from a high of 95 early in the week to barely 83 today. It HAS been very humid the past few days but we're certainly a good bit below the usual 91F average for this time of year. We've had a good three inches of rain in the course of the last few days, so are now well on our way to our usual monthly rainfall of 7.6ins.

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    And then it changes again. After a full week of daily thunderstorms and plenty of rain, things have gone in the opposite direction, getting hotter but staying mainly dry. Temps got back up to 90F yesterday (which is still 1F below the average for this time of year) but otherwise have been in the 86-89 range, with relatively low humidity for June. That probably means Universal Orlando paid someone off for good weather throughout their big press event this week! It did get thundery and threatening yesterday evening (just when we were getting ready to go out to SeaWorld!), but, apart from some spectacular lightning, it rained for barely 20 minutes and then cleared up nicely.

    Now we are back to a 10-day forecast of 89-92F and a 30-40% chance of a thunderstorm each day. Summer is definitely here, but these small variations in the temp, humidity and rainfall remain curious. Our total monthly rainfall so far is 5.5ins, so we just need another 2.2 in 10 days to hit our monthly target.

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    i'll be keeping a lose eye on this thread Simon for next week seeing as you will be predicting our vacation weather :-)

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