Rainy holiday ahead, so bring an umbrella

There is an 80 percent chance of rain in Gainesville today

Lillian Mitchell, 4, licks an ice cream bar as she drives an electric truck she got recently for her birthday at Squirrel Ridge Park in Gainesville on Sunday.

Brad McClenny/staff photographer
Published: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 7:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 7:38 p.m.

As North Central Florida pauses to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, those at outdoor festivities should plan on bringing an umbrella.


This week's forecast

High: 63
Low: 51
High: 70
Low: 50
High: 68
Low: 39
High: 68
Low: 43
High: 64
Low: 37
Source: National Weather Service

There's an 80 percent chance of rain in Gainesville and Ocala throughout the day and into the evening.

"Looks like some good rain expected tomorrow, average about a half-inch," Dave Shuler, a meteorologist with National Weather Service in Jacksonville, said on Saturday.

"It'll be a big help, especially this time of year."

A small chance of rain continues on Tuesday, making way for clear skies in the evening for the rest of the week.

However, the rain could bring fog to the area late Tuesday and into Wednesday.

After a weekend of mild temperatures, the lows this week will be in the 50s and 40s.

A slight cold front will move through Wednesday, when temperatures will dip down into the upper 30s that night.

Highs are going to hover near 70 degrees during the day.

"That's a lot warmer than what we've been seeing," Shuler said.

A 20 percent chance of rain will return Thursday night, after which low temperatures will fall into the 30s again.

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