Even for rainy season standards, the next four days will be stormy in Gainesville and across much of North-Central Florida. An unusually deep trough of lower pressure aloft is diving in across the southern states, acting to scoop up copious amounts of tropical moisture and send it across the peninsula. The remnants of Tropical Storm Helene will also act to keep this tropical pipeline in place through the middle of next week. Higher than normal chances for rain are expected Sunday through Wednesday, with locally heavy rain possible at times as well. The rain won’t be falling at all times of day, and it won’t be heavy at all times either. However, the showers will be longer-lasting and at times, heavier than what is typical with a sea breeze front. Here is our best estimate at when Gainesville will see the activity over the next four days:
Monday: Showers possible at any time, but most-likely and heaviest in the afternoon.
Tuesday: Downpours are likely between noon and 6pm
Wednesday: Scattered thunderstorms with heavy rain are possible between 1 and 6pm.