The remnants of Tropical Storm Patty interacting with an area of much higher pressure to the north will create a strong on-shore flow off the Atlantic this weekend. Conditions will vary greatly from west to east across the peninsula, with the worst of the weather staying near the coast.
Beach-goers heading to St. Augustine or Daytona Beach this weekend should be aware of the following, developing Saturday and lasting through early Monday:
- Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph, with higher gusts (especially just off-shore)
- Seas of 4 to 6 feet on Saturday, increasing to 6 to 8 feet on Sunday
- High rip current risk
- Periods of clouds and showers, especially near the coast and in the late morning or early afternoon hours.
The weather won’t be nearly as unsettled further inland, but l not still not as nice as we’ve experienced the past few days. Residents of Alachua County and Gainesville will likely see a few more clouds on Saturday afternoon, followed by a mostly cloudy sky on Sunday. A sprinkle of shower can’t be ruled out this far inland, but the majority of the activity will be closer to the Atlantic Coast and east of US Highway 301. Winds will also pick up a bit inland, especially in the afternoons with a breeze of 10 to 20 mph expected.