Gainesville sets record low for the date

Farm manager Romelio Carbajol of Straughn Farms checks on frozen blueberry trees at the Windsor farm following an overnight freeze Wednesday. Carbojal said temperatures dropped to 17 degrees early Wednesday morning.

Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 8:31 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 8:31 a.m.

The Jan. 4 record for a low temperature -- which had stood for more than century -- was broken in Gainesville overnight and nearly broken in Ocala.

According to the National Weather Service, the temperature in Gainesville fell to 20 degrees at 4:34 a.m. That was two degrees colder than the 22 degree record set on Jan. 4, 1900.

In Ocala, the record low for this date was set in 1928 at 18 degrees. Overnight, the temperature fell to 21 degrees, according to the weather service.

“But it should be a little milder tonight,” said meteorologist Jason Hess. “We are expecting another freeze with a low temperature around 28 degrees. The record for Jan. 5 is 21 degrees so we are unlikely to break another record.”

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