After a very blustery day, surface winds diminished considerably during the early evening hours. However, the warmer Atlantic waters will allow for the low levels to stay mixed overnight, which will continue to produce gusty west northwest winds at the sea surface. This will keep boating conditions very hazardous in the open Atlantic.
Low temperatures are forecast to drop into the lower to mid 40s across the area. Winds near 10 mph will result in wind chill values in the mid to upper 30s during the pre-dawn hours and for Tuesday's early morning commute.
Showers will affect areas from St. Cloud to Cape Canaveral northward through about 700 am, then will continue to drop farther down the peninsula, affecting areas to Lake Okeechobee and Stuart between 600 am and 1000 am. Wind gusts within the showers may reach 25 to 30 mph briefly in some locations.
A cold front will drop through the region following the showers, shifting southerly winds to the west. The gusty winds will be the main issue later this morning through the afternoon. Frequent gusts will reach 25 to 30 mph with a few gusts as high as 35 mph. These winds will make boating on area lakes, the intracoastal waters and Atlantic very dangerous. Seas will build rapidly away from the coastline, reaching 6 to 9 feet well offshore by sunset and 4 to 6 feet away from the immediate coast.
Skies will clear from north to south beginning later this morning into the early afternoon. High temperatures will occur early this afternoon, ranging from the lower 60s north of Orlando to the lower 70s from Vero Beach and Lake Kissimmee southward. Temperatures will start to fall by mid to late afternoon, reaching the mid 50s as early as sunset.
Low pressure will move to the middle Atlantic coastline early today and intensify. A cold front associated with the low will swing quickly through central Florida this morning. A brief period of showers will affect the area ahead of the front, impacting Lake, Volusia, Seminole, Orange, and Brevard Counties mainly between 400 and 700 am, then dropping southward to Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee Counties primariliy between 700 and 1100 am.
Once the front passes, westerly winds will increase rapidly and gust up to 35 mph at times over land and 35 knots over the coastal waters. These winds will create very hazardous conditions for small craft on inland lakes, the intracoastal waters and over the Atlantic. Decreasing clouds and increasing sunshine will occur from north to south from late morning into the afternoon.