A meteorologist with the weather service said things are going to get hotter before they get colder, with Thursday’s high temperature forecast around 87 degrees.

March is taking off in a blaze of heat that will quickly gear down to a cool start to Bike Week, forecasters from the National Weather Service in Melbourne are saying.


Cassie Leahy, a meteorologist with the weather service said Thursday’s high temperature is forecast to be around 87 degrees.


"Tomorrow looks like it’s going to at least tie, maybe even break the historical record," Leahy said. "Even the winds aren’t going to be too favorable."


That daily historical record is also 87 degrees, set in 2015. But thankfully, that’s as hot as things are going to get this week in Volusia and Flagler counties. Leahy expects a cool front to move in after that, taking the form of a quick run-through of rainshowers and thunderstorms late Thursday evening.


That cool front will kick off Bike Week by bringing high temperatures down to the low 70s on Friday and the low-to-mid 60s on Saturday and Sunday. Low temperatures are forecast to be mid 40s to low 50s during the weekend.


In addition, there’s going to be a breeze throughout the weekend. The weather service forecast winds at 10-15 mph with occasional higher gusts reaching to 20 mph.


"It’s been busy," said Lisa Ron, manager of the Cruisin’ Cafe on Main Street. "I think that most people will enjoy it all regardless of the weather."


Ron, who’s managed the cafe for 10 years, said bikers come rain or shine. When it’s raining, they’ll come inside for a bit of reprieve, and when the sun is shining, they’ll come in to cool off.


Another place bikers, tourists and residents come to visit during Bike Week is Naughty Nellie’s Ice Cream shop. The owner, Julia Rector, said she’s been running her mobile shop for 29 years, and comes to Daytona Beach every year.


And although she said she’s seen the number of visitors steadily decrease over the years, tourists and bikers visit Bike Week in droves, no matter the weather. However, Central Florida residents are less likely to make an appearance at Bike Week if the weather isn’t great.


This weekend, Rector said she’s hopeful.


"In order for this to be successful, the Floridians have to come out," Rector said. "It’s the Floridians who really pay attention to the weather.