Could be a wet weekend as Gulf system looms large


Amber Scull, right, a UF freshman, jumps off the dock at Lake Wauburg while her friends watch, in Gainesville on Friday. From left, Rachel Newmark, a UF freshman, Emily Zeilberger, a UF freshman, Steven Rogers, a UF freshman, and Austin Sowers, a UF freshman.

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Published: Friday, September 7, 2012 at 2:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 7, 2012 at 2:12 p.m.

National Weather Service forecasters are calling for a stormy weekend thanks to a passing cold front that is expected to drag a tropical low pressure front in the Gulf of Mexico over this area.

Facts

7-Day Forecast for Gainesville

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. Light south wind.

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 11 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind 5 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 9 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. South wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 9 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.

Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Source: National Weather Service

The National Hurricane Center said the front has only a 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone. However, it should bring rain and thunderstorms to much of the area today and Sunday.

Dave Shuler, a weather service meteorologist in Jacksonville, said beginning Monday there should be lower temperatures for at least the first part of the week after the front passes through.

Lows should dip into the upper 60s, and highs may not reach 90 degrees.

"The noticeable difference will be lower humidity," Shuler said.

Until the more comfortable weather arrives on Monday, forecasters say there's a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms between 9 a.m. and midnight today and a 60 percent chance between noon and midnight Sunday.

After the front passes, there's a 20 percent chance of rain on Monday, with sunny skies on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Contact Joe Callahan at 867-4113.

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