Sub-freezing overnight lows not enough to break records

Published: Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 7:27 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 7:27 a.m.

There's no doubt it was cold overnight, but it wasn't a record-setting cold.

According to National Weather Service hydrometeorological technician Bob Kearns, the overnight low in Gainesville was 21 degrees at 6:30 a.m. The record low for this date was 17 degrees set in 1985.

Another hard freeze warning has been issued for tonight and into Friday morning. All of North Florida, including Gainesville and Ocala, can expect a hard freeze, which means temperatures below 28 degrees for at least two hours. Alachua, Marion and other northern counties should plan for another five to seven hours of sub-freezing temperatures between tonight and Friday morning. Warmer weather is forecast for the area beginning on Friday.

According to the weather service, temperatures will plummet after sunset, bottom out in the mid to upper 20s and remain below freezing until about 9 a. m. on Friday.

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