Temps, rain chances to slide as week progresses

Published: Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 6:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 6:10 p.m.

The air will continue to cool off this week as October opens the door to the fall season, while rain will persevere almost daily with chances rising and falling throughout the week.

Temperatures will range from the high 80s to the mid-60s this week. Tuesday night will bring a notable dip in temperature with a low of 64 degrees. The fall in temperature, as well moderate showers, come alongside a cold front traveling through the area from the southeast.

Rain chances will be moderate, at 55 percent, on Monday and Tuesday morning. The likelihood of rain should decrease on Wednesday to 15 percent. Relative humidity is expected to drop to the low 40s by Wednesday.

The chance for rain will rise to 40 percent on Thursday and Friday. Afternoon showers are anticipated for Saturday, with sunny skies predicted for early in the day.

Fire weather concerns may begin to arise as the relative humidity drops and the winds begin to pick up (winds are expected to blow around 10 to 15 mph along the coast this week), meteorologist Sara Chase said. But ongoing rain will dampen any fears of fires emerging in the next few days, Chase added.

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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