Expect it to be clear and mild all weekend

Three golf cart drivers stop for conversation on a country road in Micanopy as the sun goes down Friday evening.

Joe Byrnes/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 at 8:09 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 24, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.

It should be a picture-perfect weekend to be outdoors — clear and relatively mild, thanks to a cold front that moved through Gainesville late Friday.

“We’ve had some crazy weather (across North Central Florida). A much warmer winter, a colder spring, then it turned quickly to afternoon thunderstorms and now a cold front again,” meteorologist Marie Trabert noted Friday evening.

Trabert, who works for the National Weather Service office in Jacksonville, said the cold front will send Memorial Day weekend temperatures dipping into the 50s at night through Monday, with highs only reaching the mid-80s — 5-10 degrees cooler than normal for late May in Gainesville.

Because of the cold front, “it’ll be much drier over the next few days, no afternoon thunderstorms like we’ve been having. It’s a little cooler than normal, although we don’t expect it’s going to be breaking records.”

Trabert said lows in Gainesville are usually about 65 degrees this time of year.

By Memorial Day, temperatures will return to closer to normal — with a high Monday near 87 and a low Monday night around 62.

National Weather Service forecast for Gainesville

Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 58. North wind 5 to 14 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 86. Northeast wind 7 to 14 mph.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54. East wind 5 to 8 mph.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming northeast 5 to 9 mph in the morning.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 59. East wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Memorial Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 62.

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