New month, same hot weather pattern

A member of the Red Hot Chili Poppers, right, throws a frisbee against a member of the Hammers A Coming team during the playoffs of the Gainesville Ultimate Frisbee League at the field near the MLK Center on Sunday.

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Published: Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:04 p.m.

April showers? What April showers?

The mercury could hit 90 this week in North Central Florida as the warm, dry weather continues into a new month.

The high temperature Monday is expected to be 88 in Gainesville and Ocala before jumping to 90 in Gainesville and 89 in Ocala on Tuesday.

Andrew Shashy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, said the high temperature is typically about 77 degrees in the region during this time of the year.

The outer edge of a front could hit the area on Thursday, forcing temperatures to dip to a high of 84 in Gainesville and 86 in Ocala and upping the chance of rain to 40 percent in Gainesville and 30 percent in Ocala.

While there is little rain in this week's forecast, the Gainesville area saw nearly 2 inches of rain on Saturday, cutting into the gap between the amount of rainfall so far this year and the normal rainfall level, Shashy said.

So far in 2012, there have been 10.95 inches of rain, 5.68 inches below normal.

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 than official weather service predictions.

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