Record cold to continue for a few more days


Published: Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 5:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 5:41 p.m.

Sunday was one for the record books weatherwise with a low of 19 degrees in Gainesville. It also tied a record for the most consecutive days of freezing temperatures in the area.

For those tired of bundling up, the bad news is Monday will be another record-setter.

Forecasts predict freezing lows to remain in the area at least through Tuesday.

“It's pretty much a 100 percent chance” that Gainesville will break the record on Monday for the most consecutive days with lows 32 degrees or colder, said meteorologist Jason Hess with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville. The low expected overnight Sunday is 17 degrees, followed by 23 degrees Monday night and 28 degrees on Tuesday.

The nine-day record for consecutive freezing temperatures in Gainesville was set in December 1960.

Gainesville's low temperature Sunday beat the 23-degree record set in 2001. Ocala, which saw snow flurries Saturday, recorded a low temperature of 21 degrees Sunday morning, Hess said.

Highs are expected in the 60s Wednesday although the low that night is predicted to hit 33 degrees, just above freezing. Still it's the first day the state's temperatures are forecast to climb out of the freezer. Afterward a warming trend is expected through Saturday when highs in the 70s are forecast.

“It is very unlikely that we will see that kind of cold snap again, but seeing a cold freeze again is a possibility,” Hess said.

The average date for the last freeze locally is Feb. 22.

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