October 2020 was the first full month of fall in Central Florida, but the weather was decidedly summer-like for the month. Nine days in the month reached 90 degrees or over and twenty days topped over 80 degrees. The average high was 87 degrees and the average low was 71. The highest recorded temperature of the month was 93 while the lowest recorded was 58 degrees. The average temperature came in at 79 degrees, a little bit lower than the average temperature of 81 degrees in October 2019.
Central Floridians were treated to cooler morning temperatures early and later in the month to remind us that fall is here. Rainfall was higher at 2.46 inches compared to only 1.3 inches last October.
October 2020 saw a Blue Moon on Halloween night. The last time there was a full moon on Halloween was in 1944. With the unprecedented happenings in 2020, you can add 13 full moons as another oddity for the year.
We are nearing the end of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season on November 30. As of November 2, Hurricane Eta is threatening the northeastern coast of Nicaragua and is expected to make landfall on Tuesday, November 3, potentially as a strong hurricane. Remember to keep your hurricane supplies stocked and ready in case a late-season storm heads our way.
The November forecast shows slightly cooler weather for Central Florida with highs in the mid 80s with a cool down to the mid 70s closer to Thanksgiving. Look for sunny days with lows that dip into the 40s at night.
Before winter temperatures arrive, consider scheduling an HVAC tune-up. Regular maintenance helps your unit run more efficiently and can diagnose small issues before they become bigger problems.
To check historical usage, log into SmartHub to view past bills and consumption charts. If your usage is high, SECO offers several energy-efficiency tools to help you identify energy wasters. Take the Home Energy Assessment to receive a detailed email tailored to your home’s features and lifestyle. The energy-saving advice will provide low-cost ways to decrease your usage – and your electric bill.
To easily calculate how much energy your appliances, lighting, electronic devices, and other energy-using items in your home consume, use the Energy Estimator.