Cooler weather heading to area

Published: Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

A cold front that is expected to stall over North Florida today could make for a rainy weekend, but it also will usher in cooler temperatures for the coming week.

Meteorologist Matt Zibura with the National Weather Service said the forecast calls for about a 50 percent chance of rain today and Sunday, with rain possible on and off throughout the day.

"The rain is a little more likely in the afternoon and early evening, and there could be a few isolated thunderstorms also," Zibura said.

Zibura said Gainesville residents can expect gloomy skies for much of the day today, but by Sunday evening, those clouds will give way to clear skies. And temperatures will peak in the low 70s through the weekend, with low temperatures in the 50s.

"Finally the front pushes through Sunday, and it will clear out and cool off Sunday night," Zibura said.

Sunday night, temperatures will dip to 39, and Monday's temperatures will only warm up to 63 degrees, according to the Weather Service. And then temperatures will dip to almost freezing Monday night, before evening off for much of the rest of the week.

"It will continue all week, with lows in the upper 30s and highs in the lower 60s," Zibura said. "Temperatures will basically return to normal, so it won't be real cold, but it will be cooler."

Alice Wallace can be reached at 352-338-3109 or

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