Guests at the Disney World Resort this week are in for a big surprise, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Ask anyone who frequently visits the four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida, and their answer will usually be the same: No, there’s no wrong time to go to Disney World. They’re also likely to tell you that they’ve yet to plan a trip to the parks about which they weren’t thrilled and excited.
Many Disney World fans–whether young or young at heart–even make a ceremonious celebration of the countdown to the day they leave for the parks, and when the day is finally at hand, the excitement nearly overtakes them. (Yep, that’s those “Disney Adults” again. Aren’t they magnificent?)
But this summer, lots of Disney World Guests have rushed to the Central Florida Disney Parks from their respective homes, eager to embrace the magic and enjoy kicking back and relaxing at the parks, only to arrive at Orlando International Airport and be greeted by something worse than the news of lost luggage: temperatures so high, that if Guests aren’t left in a state of delirium, they’re left wondering why they ever thought going to Disney in the summer was a good idea in the first place.
“So Hot, the Swimming Pool’s Boilin’!”
No matter how which words you choose to describe the sweltering heat this summer, it all boils down (no pun intended) to this: it’s hot out there. The extreme heat is being felt across huge swaths of the country, and some states–Florida included–have been under the tyranny of a heat dome, which makes the unbearable temperatures stay unbearable–and for a longer time.
This week, as in previous weeks across Central Florida, the unmerciful, oppressive, unnecessarily hot summer temperatures have held on. Heat index values, also called “real-feel” temperatures, have climbed well past the 100-degree mark, as a heat dome has been situated over parts of the state, making it feel like Florida is being roasted, especially later in the day. But forecasters say that relief may very well be on the way as the work week wraps up.
In recent weeks, Central Florida has experienced extremely high heat index values–some as high as 115 degrees Fahrenheit. When heat index values are predicted to exceed 107 degrees for at least two hours, the National Weather Service (NWS) issues a heat advisory. But a forecast that includes heat index values of 113 degrees or higher warrants an excessive heat warning from the NWS. Some areas of Central Florida have been under a heat advisory since August 6, and excessive heat warnings have been issued several times for the area as well.
Relief is On the Way
According to The Weather Channel, the Orlando and Central Florida area will see high temperatures in the 90s through Wednesday, with heat index values exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit. But beginning Thursday, a cool-down is expected, lowering afternoon high temperatures to the upper 80s on Thursday, followed by high temperatures in the lower 90s for the next several days. Thunderstorms–some possibly severe–are also a part of the forecast.
“A break is coming,” he said. “It’s still going to be quite hot, but rain chances are going to ramp up. With temperatures slightly lower, we expect that heat advisories certainly by Thursday will not be needed anymore.”
That break means Disney World Guests will finally get to experience all the magic of the four theme parks without the threat of heat advisories and heat warnings for the rest of this week.