Forecast: Freezing temps on Friday, Saturday mornings
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:41 p.m.
This winter’s strongest cold front moved through Alachua County early Thursday, bringing arctic air that will settle over the area for several days.
The arctic blast is so strong forecasters believe the average daily temperature today will be 47.5 degrees — 23 degrees colder than it was on Wednesday.
Kate Guillet, a weather service meteorologist in Jacksonville, said the extreme cold air moved south, colliding with the extreme warm air. That prompted a line of severe thunderstorms which spawned many tornadoes north of Florida in recent days.
The National Weather Service predicts today’s high will struggle to hit the mid-60s and Saturday’s daybreak low will again be below freezing.
Saturday’s high is expected to hit the mid-60s. The daybreak low on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday is predicted to be in the lower-40s.
By Wednesday, temperatures will be back to near normal for this time of year: lows in the lower-40s and highs near 70. But it will seem colder than normal because of the warm winter.
In December and January, there were only five freezing mornings in Gainesville. In contrast, during the same 62-day stretch last year, there were 29 days with lows at 50 degrees or above.
Since Jan. 1, Alachua County’s average daily temperature has been 7.5 degrees above normal.
The National Weather Service issues the area’s official forecast, while many residents use forecasts from AccuWeather and The Weather Channel.
These three forecasts for Saturday morning’s low range from 30 degrees to 33 degrees. The weather service’s official forecast calls for a low of 31 degrees on Saturday.
The Sun uses AccuWeather on its weather page. AccuWeather is calling for a Saturday low of 30 degrees.