Weather rebounds as cold spell recedes


January 8, 2006 --Gainesville, Fla. -- Gregory Ferraro, 15, tries to start his go-kart for his friend Jeff Frisbey, 14, outside Ferraro's house in Gainesville, Sunday, January 8, 2005. Ferraro got the go-kart frame from his friend's uncle and is in the process of rebuilding it himself.

BRIANA BROUGH/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Monday, January 9, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.

Gainesville residents came out of hibernation as temperatures heated up Sunday, marking the end of a weekend cold snap.

Temperatures are expected to heat up to the mid-70s this week, with cloudless skies today and Tuesday and a chance of rain Wednesday.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Parks Camp said temperatures dipped to their lowest so far this year, with the 30-degree weather this weekend beating the coldest day of the season by a single degree.

"It was a degree or two warmer than we expected," Camp said, adding he expects temperatures to dip down that low again before the winter's end.

In Ocala, temperatures fell to 29 this weekend, and Jacksonville dropped to 31 degrees, he said. He added that the cold snap was "nowhere near" the chilliest January weather Gainesville has seen. The city cooled down as low as 10 degrees in years past, Camp said.

Tiffany Pakkala can be reached at (352) 338-3111 or pakkalt@gvillesun.com

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