Wednesday Saw Record Temps in Winter Haven; May Repeat Today
Published: Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 7:52 a.m.
Winter Haven set a record on Wednesday. It could repeat that feat today as could Lakeland.
The record is dubious, however. After all, after months of summer temperatures, a little cooling off would be welcome.
But Wednesday saw a high of 96 degrees in Winter Haven, besting the record of 94 degrees for that day set in 1986, according to Logan Johnson, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service.
The record high for today in Winter Haven also is 94 degrees, while for Lakeland the record high is 92 degrees set in 1989. Both records are in jeopardy, Johnson said.
Abnormally high temperatures, about 5 to 7 degrees above normal for this time of year, is because of a strong high pressure system in the upper atmosphere. This system is causing the hot, dry temperatures Polk and the rest of Central Florida is experiencing, Johnson said.