Cooler weather forecast in area for next few days


Published: Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 14, 2005 at 11:29 p.m.
Friday's downpours and colder temperatures signaled a return to winter weather for those basking in the warmth of the past two weeks' tropical temperatures.
The 1.2 inches of rainfall recorded at the Gainesville Regional Airport were part a cold front moving into the area, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures could drop into the low 30s by Sunday morning, said Jason Deese, a meteorologist with the Weather Service.
"The warm air set the stage for heavy rainfall," Deese said. The cooler weather, with highs in the upper 50s and 60s, is expected to last until the middle of next week.
Deese said the weather systems are unrelated to weather in Western states that brought mudslides in California and left homes and bridges awash in Arizona and Utah.
"We're not expecting see anything like out on the West Coast with massive amounts of rainfall," he said.
But dreary weather dampened weekend plans for some.
"If it's humid, rainy and cold, I'd rather stay in," said Emily Thwaytes, a 20-year-old University of Florida student.
"There's no point in going out if you're going to get soaking wet or your hair's going to get frizzy," she said.
But the sun's reappearance Friday afternoon during rush hour reinvigorated life in Gainesville. Cafes reopened their outdoor tables, swimmers were in the water near the UF gymnasium and golfers were putting at Ironwood Golf Course.
At the airport, the sunshine was welcome. But Kenneth Williams, an agent for Delta Airlines, said the rain caused no major delays.
"It's just business as usual."
Meredith Mandell can be reached at (352) 338-3109 or mandelm@gvillesun.com.

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