Chilly weather expected again overnight

Published: Friday, January 16, 2009 at 10:26 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 16, 2009 at 10:26 a.m.

The cold weather that swept into Gainesville overnight did not set any records, but the area will get another chance at record-setting Friday night and into early Saturday morning.

The mercury dipped to 33 degrees in Gainesville early Friday morning, far above the 20 degree low temperature record set for this date in 1927. The mercury dipped to 35 degrees in Ocala early Friday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Deese said the high pressure system ushering artic cold into Florida and other southeastern states was partially offset by two factors – clouds and wind.

“The high pressure was sufficient to get the arctic cold air to push south, but the other variables needed for really cold air are calm winds and clear skies,” Deese said. “We did not have either of those overnight. We had high clouds and north winds.”

Conditions will be different Friday night into Saturday morning. Those somewhat insulating high clouds will be gone, giving the cold weather easier access and the winds are supposed to be calm, allowing the cold to settle over the area, Deese said.

Gainesville’s record low for early Saturday in was set in 1959 at 23 degrees. The projected low this year is 27 in Gainesville and 25 in outlying areas, Deese said. Ocala can expect overnight lows in the mid-20s with even colder weather in northern Marion County.

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