It happened: Jacksonville records hottest Halloween ever

Florida sizzles with warmest October in history

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – This is the hottest Halloween that Jacksonville has ever had.

Temperatures have been above normal for most of October, so no surprise if kids come home with melted candies. 

Thursday's highs reached 91 during the afternoon for another record after one was broken the previous day at 88 degrees.

The last hottest Halloween occurred in 2016, when the high reached 86 degrees. Previous years also tied that record in 2009, 2004 and 1951.

Jacksonville Beach is seeing the hottest October on record, with Jacksonville close behind with its fourth hottest. 

Jacksonville Beach is having its hottest October along with other cities across Florida.

Most of the central and south Florida cities are dealing with their hottest October on record, according to data from the Southeast Regional Climate Center.

So why is it so hot? 

An area of blocking high pressure has either weakened cold fronts or blocked them entirely from dipping past Jacksonville.

The excessive heat is gripping the eastern half of the nation in advance of a cold front that will eventually bring temps back to normal this weekend in the 70s around Northeast Florida.

In fact, behind the front, snow will fall across the Midwest, including in Chicago on Halloween. 

Our forecast may be hot, but at least our area will not have showers or snow!

About the Author:

Mark Collins

After covering the weather from every corner of Florida and doing marine research in the Gulf, Mark Collins settled in Jacksonville to forecast weather for The First Coast.