Cold front brings cool temps, blustery winds

A bicyclist move about on the University of Florida campus following a rainstorm that dropped temperatures from the high 70s into the 50s Thursday.

Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 8:43 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11:54 a.m.

Even though temperatures will climb into the mid-60s today, better bundle up, North Central Florida.

While the rain that ushered in a cold front on Thursday has moved out of the area, the strong winds that came along with that front will continue with us at least through Friday.

Forecasters predicted an overnight low Thursday of 35 degrees, but because of wind gusts, the wind chill this morning is expected to dip as low as 26 degrees.

A northeast wind between 13 and 20 mph, with gusts even stronger, will keep things blustery and cold Friday, even as the warm winter sun lifts temperatures into the mid-60s.

Winds will lessen Friday night, to between 8-13 mph, with temperatures dipping into the high 30s.

Drivers should also be on alert for smoky conditions as a prescribed burn is continuing at County Road 234 and U.S. 441. Smoke/fog conditions may increase during the morning hours, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

On Saturday, Sunday and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday expect mostly sunny skies during the day with a high all three days in the upper 60s to low 70s.

On Saturday night, look for a low of 45, while Sunday night's low is forecast to be 42 and Monday night's low a chillier 37.

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