Cool, dry and windy weather expected for Spring Break

Butch Skipper, with the Alachua County Road Department, uses a chainsaw to cut apart a large tree as K-9 Dept. Brian Ritter, with ASO, helps to remove debris from the blocked SW 73rd. Av. in Gainesville on Sunday.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer
Published: Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 7:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 7:57 p.m.

Cool and dry weather is forecast for this week, when Alachua County public school students are enjoying Spring Break, with temperatures below normal for this time of year.

This morning will be gusty, with winds blowing at 9 to 18 miles per hour and gusts as high as 32 miles per hour, said Phil Peterson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.

The rest of the day will be sunny with a high of 64 degrees and a low of 37 degrees, and winds will decrease to 8 to 10 miles per hour tonight.

Tuesday will be mostly sunny with a high of 59 degrees and a low of 33 degrees. The day will be breezy again, with a west wind at 6 to 11 miles per hour increasing to 12 to 17 miles per hour in the afternoon. Gusts could be as high as 30 miles per hour, Peterson said.

“Although cold nights with temperatures close to freezing are expected in the middle of the week, there will not be a hard freeze warning,” Peterson said.

Wednesday and Thursday will have temperatures with highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s. Both days are expected to be sunny and mostly clear, he said.

The temperatures will rise Friday and into the Easter weekend, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s, but lows could wind up in the low 50s. On Saturday, a 20 percent chance of rain is forecast, he said.

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