Weekend forecast: Afternoon showers, clouds, lower temps


Published: Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 3:02 p.m.

If you are worried the hurricane in the Gulf may derail your Fourth of July picnics, fireworks and other outdoor activities, worry no more.

Alachua County will experience the typical summer weather pattern, which means heat and humidity with scattered thunderstorms in the mid- to late afternoon.

The good news is that it will be slightly cooler.

"The hurricane won't have much of an effect," said David Shuler, a meterologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville. "But a cold front coming from the northwest, dropping south and stalling along the region will provide an opportunity to see more thunderstorms than we typically see. And it will be cooler."

Shuler said there is a possibility of heavy rain and gusty winds with scattered thunderstorms every day this weekend, from Thursday through Monday.

"The sun will peek, but there will be more clouds than sun," Shuler said. "And the temperatures will be in 80s (during the day) as opposed to the 90s."

Below is the forecast for Alachua County:

Thursday: 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming south southeast between 7-10 mph.

Thursday night: 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74.

Friday: 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high around 87.

Friday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Saturday: 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88.

Saturday night: 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72.

Sunday, Fourth of July: 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 90.

Sunday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Monday: 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 90.

"The best chance for rain will be in the middle to late afternoon," said Shuler, adding that next week, temperatures will get warmer, but humidity, rain and scattered thunderstorms will continue in its typical summer pattern.

Shuler explained the forecast includes this region, so there are areas within the region that may or may not get rain and thunderstorms. He said a 50 percent and less chance of showers means that it could go either way.

"It's like feast or famine," said Shuler. "Some areas won't get any rain, even within the region. It's difficult to say which location will get thunderstorms. We're comfortable saying to expect scattered showers."

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