More frigid nights ahead


Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 10:51 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 10:51 a.m.

It was frigid overnight across North Florida but not frigid enough to be record-setting. The region will get more chances to set record lows over the weekend.

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A orange tree is frozen for its protection at the University of Florida Horticultural Science Grove on the UF campus Thursday, January 13, 2011.

Doug Finger/Staff photographer

Facts

National Weather Service forecast for Gainesville

Thursday Night: Areas of frost after 1 a.m. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 21. Light north wind.

Friday: Widespread frost before 9 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 56. Wind chill values as low as 17 early. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph.

Friday Night: Areas of frost after 1am. Otherwise, clear, with a low around 30. Calm wind.

Saturday: Widespread frost before 9 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 63. Wind chill values as low as 30 early. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph.

Saturday Night: Patchy frost. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 33. Calm wind.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.

M.L.King Day: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70.

Monday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75.

Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

The National Weather Service office in Jacksonville said the temperature fell to 26 degrees early Thursday in Gainesville, still a few degrees above the record of 21 degrees set in 1918. The overnight low in Ocala reached 27 degrees. (The weather service does not maintain records for the city, so it is unknown if it was a record low.)



Meteorologists said temperatures are expected to bottom out in the low to mid-20s for one to two more nights. The the overnight lows will hover around the freezing mark until early next week.

The cold is part of an Arctic air mass lingering over Alachua, Marion and other area counties.

The extreme cold and low humidity also are creating conditions that could lead to extreme fire risks for the next several days. Residents are being urged for forestry, fire and weather officials to use extreme caution with open flames.

Warmer, wetter weather should reach the region by Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. The forecast includes daytime highs in the 70s and rain chances of at least 30 percent through Tuesday night.

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