Floridians seasonally get poked fun at by the rest of the country when winter rolls around and we’re inevitably shivering in 60-degree weather. While the rest of the U.S. wishes they had temps like that in the dead of winter, this week is no joke for the Sunshine State. As arctic air is funneling into Central Florida, temperatures are actually dropping into the 20s and 30s.

Freeze watches have even been put into effect for several counties, including Alachua, Marion, Sumter, Citrus, and Levy. Thirty-two degrees is considered freezing, so warnings are serious.

Water parks across the state are also shutting their doors, including Universal’s Volcano Bay, Walt Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, and SeaWorld’s Aquatica. Universal tweeted that Volcano Bay will be closed Monday through Thursday, while Disney will close Blizzard Beach through Wednesday.*

Typhoon Lagoon was already scheduled to be closed this week for refurbishments, and Aquatica is scheduled to reopen Thursday, according to the website's calendar.

Areas surrounding Gainesville and Ocala may raise to the 50s today, but despite clear skies, the chilly winds will keep temperatures low. And once the sun goes down, that’s when things really start to cool off. The Tuesday commute could be cold for sure, so make sure you bundle up for real this week.

Universal tweeted on Sunday that it planned to keep Volcano Bay closed for most of the week.

Tuesday morning is suspected to stay in the lower 30s, which could upgrade the freeze watch to a freeze warning.

The coldest air is expected to hit Florida by Wednesday, leaving us with temperatures in the low 20s.

Despite ample sunshine, Florida isn't expected to see its classic warm weather again until the end of the week.

For more Florida news, check out this hidden beach near Tampa that's a lover's paradise, and this actual hobbit home for sale in South Florida.


This article’s cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

*This article has been updated

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