Near-record low expected overnight in Gainesville

Athena Patterson-Orazem, 21, a University of Florida chemistry senior, picks wild flowers for her chemistry class with friend Catherine Busatto, 22, a UF biology senior, not pictured, across from Lake Alice on the UF campus on Monday. Monday marked the first day of Summer classes at UF.

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Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 at 1:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 13, 2013 at 1:56 p.m.

Chilly nights are ahead for residents in the Gainesville and Ocala areas, with a near-record low forecast for Gainesville on Monday night, according to the National Weather Service.

The historical low for May 14 in Gainesville is 45 degrees, which was occurred in 1917 and 1960. Tuesday morning's forecast low is expected to dip to 46 degrees, a significant drop from the daytime temps in the low 80s.

Ocala is predicted to drop to 47 degrees Tuesday morning. Ocala's record low for May 14 is 46 degrees. Normal lows for this time of year in Ocala are in the 60s.

While the daytime temperatures are expected to remain in the low 80s through the early part of the week, Tuesday night the temperature will dip back down again into the low 50s in Gainesville and mid-50s in Ocala.

By Wednesday night, temperatures should be returning to normal in the low 60s. Daytime temperatures for the remainder up the week are expected to be in the high 80s, even approaching 90 degrees.

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