Cooler conditions coming

Willy C. Lewis, 56, at right, looks to the sky Monday after being hit with a few drops of rain while playing shuffleboard at Oak Park apartments with neighbor Phil Caplan, 73. The two said they became friends six months ago through shuffleboard and try to play each other at least twice a week. Lewis, who's been playing the game for about 10 years, said it's hard to find people to play him. "He beats everyone," Caplan said.

DOUG FINGER/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 23, 2006 at 10:46 p.m.
Gainesville's unseasonably warm weather should last another day before dropping back to normal with the arrival of a cold front Wednesday.
Monday's high of 79 degrees did not set any records, but it was unusual for this time of year, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Cibura.
The normal high and low for Jan. 23 is 66 and 42, and the record high was 84 set in 1937.
Today's high is expected to be 74, and there is a slight chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. On Wednesday, the high will drop to about 66. The low Thursday morning is expected to be 33. For the week after that, highs are predicted to be mostly in the 70s, with lows in the 40s and 50s.
The warm weather has been a winter bonus for some area businesses.
"People typically come out to golf more when it's warmer, especially lately since it's been in the 80s and football season is over," said Kyle Caudill, Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club employee.
"We had a lot more business last weekend than usual," Caudill said.
McAlister's Deli, which has an outside dining area, also saw more customers last weekend, according to employee Don Ras.
"Whenever it's a sunny day, people like to go outside to eat," he said. "It's relaxing."

Today's forecast at a glance

  • Today's high is expected to be 74, and there is a slight chance of afternoon
    showers and thunderstorms.
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