Area low temperatures could drop into the teens

Published: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 8:08 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 8:08 a.m.

Even colder temperatures are expected early Thursday after the Gainesville area hit 23 degrees overnight, the National Weather Service in Jacksonville reported.

Light winds helped keep the atmosphere “mixed” overnight, preventing some warm air from escaping. But Wednesday night is expected to be calm and quiet, allowing the heat to quickly move upward and leaving the area even colder, said meteorologist Marie Trabert.

A hard freeze warning is forecast for Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Gilchrist, Marion, Putnam, Suwannee, and Union from 8 p.m. Wednesday through 9 a.m. Thursday. The warning means temperatures less than 28 degrees are expected for at least two hours.

An overnight low hadn’t been determined yet for Ocala, although the morning temperature at about 7 a.m. was 26 degrees, according to the weather agency.

The low record temperature for this date in Gainesville was set in 1985 when the area hit 10 degrees, the weather service reported.

Warmer weather is in store for the weekend when highs should reach the low 70s.

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