It'll warm up starting Monday


A egret sit in the shallow water at Lake Alice on the campus of the University of Florida, in Gainesville, Jan. 14, 2012.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer
Published: Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 7:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 7:10 p.m.

Johnell Young wasn’t going to let a little chill and breeze come between him and some specks.

Young and a friend, launching a jon boat along Lakeshore Drive on Newnan’s Lake on Saturday afternoon, didn’t mind the cold as long as they caught some speckled perch, bream or catfish.

“It doesn’t matter to us — there might be ice on the rod and we’ll be out there,” Young said. “Just about every weekend, it’s been 70 degrees. Winter’s going to be over before it starts.”

Young’s prediction was right on target. Despite the weekend cold snap, this fall and winter have been warmer than usual.

Phil Peterson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, said the low Saturday morning was 29 and the high 61 — neither of which was a record.

Peterson said another chilly day is in store today. Temperatures will then climb into the 70s and stay that way through most of next week.

“We’re expecting a warm-up and will have some temperatures above normal,” Peterson said. “It looks like we’ll have a pattern of a few days of cold and then warm temperatures.”

The average temperature in December was 4.4 degrees above normal, according to the Weather Service’s climate data. The average high temperature from Dec. 15 through Saturday was 71.3 degrees, 3.9 degrees above average and tied for the fifth highest average on record.

Today’s high is forecast to be a relatively chilly 63, with a low 33. From Monday through the rest of the week, highs are expected to be in the 70s and lows in the 40s and 50s.

Cynthia Jackson, fishing from the bank of Newnan’s Lake, said she has ways of dealing with the cold.

“When it’s real cold and I want to fish, I’ll just throw the reel out and then go sit in the car until the line pulls,” she said.

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