Brace for more afternoon showers, lightning all week


David Chayes uses a sledgehammer to bust up a concrete patio around an arbor that he plans to move to a new location in the Duck Pond area of Gainesville July 6, 2014.

Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 6:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 6:07 p.m.

If you liked the weather pattern of the past few weeks, you are in luck: It will be hanging around indefinitely.

This week's weather forecast calls for the same daily trends: overnight lows giving way to rising temperatures all day that may result in afternoon and evening storms.

The National Weather Service in Jacksonville is predicting scattered afternoon and evening storms across northeast Florida all week.

The storms could produce strong gusty winds, frequent lightning and heavy rainfall.

Storms in recent days have led to numerous incidents in which water-logged trees and branches have fallen, in some cases causing damage or power outages. A thunderstorm Saturday night led Gainesville police to respond to 49 calls related to downed trees, downed wires, flooding and burglar alarms, according to a GPD report.

The pattern is expected to continue through the week. The NWS says there is a 20 percent chance of showers today before 9 p.m., with winds from the southwest between 5 and 7 p.m.

The rain chances increase to 40 percent on Tuesday and 50 percent on Wednesday before leveling off at 40 percent through the week and into the weekend.

Overnight lows are expected to be in the 70s.

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