Week will start out hot before cooling off


Published: Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 9:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 9:52 p.m.

They say Florida gets six seasons instead of four: almost summer, summer, lingering summer, two weeks of fall, winter and two weeks of spring.

Facts

National Weather Service Forecast

Today: Patchy fog before 8 a.m. Otherwise, sunny with a high near 90.

Tonight: Patchy fog after 2 a.m. Otherwise, mostly clear with a low around 60.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 8 a.m. Otherwise, sunny with a high near 90.

Tuesday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 a.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

On Sunday, while it’s still only May, it was certainly “almost summer,” with the high hitting 89 degrees.

The average temperature is 81.

“It’s going to be hot and dry the next few days,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Zappe, who is based in Jacksonville.

But Zappe said a “cold” front is coming in the middle of the week — comparitively speaking, of course.

It’s going to push the highs down to the low 80s, with overnight temperatures expected to reach down into the 50s.

“But if you’re looking for much-needed rainfall, I don’t think you’re going to see it with this front,” he added.

For people planning Kentucky Derby parties on Saturday and Mother’s Day gatherings Sunday, the forecast is perfect.

Both days are expected to be clear and to have high temperatures in the mid to upper 80s and overnight lows in the 60s.

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