Warm weather to hang around for awhile

Robert Bradley, of Grove Park, casts out his fishing line as his daughter Kayla Bradley, 11, and nephew Jiaden King, 4, fish for catfish and specks at Newnan's Lake, in Gainesville on Sunday.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer
Published: Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 8:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 8:41 p.m.

Hopefully, your T-shirts aren't packed away for the winter.

Temperatures are expected to be near 80 degrees this week as the unseasonably warm weather continues going into the weekend.

“It's definitely going to be above normal for much of the week for Gainesville,” said Andrew Shashy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.

The high temperature today through Thursday is projected to be 77 or 78, with the low between 54 and 56, while the normal high is 67 and the normal low is 43 for this time of the year.

Shashy said a cold front that has been held off to the north because of a ridge of pressure could move in late Thursday or early Friday, bringing temperatures back down to normal.

By Sunday, the high will be 66 and the low 47, he said.

It should be a dry week until the front comes in, with a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms during the day Friday and a 40 percent chance that night, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service issues the official forecast for Alachua County and surrounding areas.

The Sun uses AccuWeather forecasts on its weather page, which are sometimes different from official weather service predictions.

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