More warm weather, but rain on the way

Cyclists ride along U.S. 441 overlooking Paynes Prairie in Gainesville on Sunday.

Lee Ferinden/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 6:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 6:13 p.m.

Unseasonably warm temperatures will persist through the beginning of this week, until a cold front moves into the area on Thursday bringing rain along with it.

Partly cloudy skies and warm weather can be expected through Wednesday in Alachua County. Temperatures will range from the low 80s to the upper 50s. Showers are expected to travel through the area beginning Wednesday night, a 20 percent chance is predicted.

A strong high pressure system east of the area has facilitated the unseasonable weather by pushing warm air up from the waters of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, said Phil Peterson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

A cold front is expected to interrupt the trend on Thursday, dropping high temperatures to the low 70s and lows to around 48 degrees. A 30 percent chance of showers is expected Thursday and a 40 percent chance on Thursday night.

Temperatures will remain cool amidst cloudy skies on Friday and Saturday, ranging from the high 60s to the high 40s. A 30 percent chance of rain is predicted for the beginning of the weekend.

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