Memorial Day weather something to celebrate

Herbert Robinson, of Gainesville, throws out a line as he fishes from the dock in Newnan's Lake at Earl Powers Park, with his friend Judy Lewis, not seen, in Gainesville on Sunday.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer
Published: Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 6:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 6:32 p.m.

Break out the picnic basket and fire up the barbecue — Gainesville’s recent sunny weather is expected to last through Memorial Day.

A high pressure system hovering just north of the area has kept drier, slightly cooler weather around, said Marie Trabert, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.

The high temperature for Monday is expected to reach 89 degrees, with just a few clouds. A calm breeze out of the east will arrive in the afternoon, and there’s no rain in the forecast.

This may be the last of the clear skies for a little while, though.

“We’re getting into the time of the year that we don’t get too many fronts coming in,” Trabert said.

The usual afternoon thunderstorms are expected to return by the end of the week.

Tuesday will be mostly sunny with a high near 90. East winds will be between 8 and 13 mph. Tuesday night will have a low around 64.

Wednesday will be sunny with a high near 88. Skies will be partly cloudy at night with a low around 66.

Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean will push north until Thursday, bringing with it a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms, which will stay through the weekend.

Trabert said Gainesville can expect “normal” summer rain over the weekend. There are no fronts on the horizon.

“Just nothing really happening,” she said.

Until then, the area will enjoy mostly dry weather, with temperatures holding steady in the upper 80s and a breeze picking up in the middle of the week.

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