Dust off the swim trunks and find the sunblock! Ready or not, spring-like weather is just a few days away from North-Central Florida. It may not be that far-fetched to think about summertime activities, even though the calendar says January. A subtropical ridge of high pressure, a feature that most-often makes an appearance in May or June, will be making things feel much warmer (and also more humid) over the next 10 days. Before this pattern evolves, a coastal trough of low pressure will keep the clouds around Tuesday and Wednesday, with even a brief shower possible in the afternoon hours.
High temperatures will near 80 by Thursday and Friday thanks to more sunshine and southeast breeze, making for a very pleasant and unusually warm January weekend. Rain chances are expected to remain nearly non-existent for nearly a week due to the sinking air (which limits cloud development) that is common around areas of higher pressure.
While no frontal systems are expected to breach the ridge until mid-month, temperatures will continue to warm and a string of 80+ days are even possible early next week (Jan 15-16). Record highs for these dates are also in the low-to-mid 80’s, so it will be interesting to see if we come close to tying or breaking a record.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Now through Wednesday: Variable clouds and sun inland, with spotty showers near the coast. Isolated showers inland Tuesday and Wednesday. Highs will range from the low 70’s where clouds persist, to the middle 70’s further inland.
Thursday through Sunday: More sun than clouds throughout, highs in the upper 70’s to near 80. Overnight lows mostly in the 50’s.
Sunday-Wednesday: Even warmer, ahead of an approaching front expected to arrive next Wednesday. Highs will be near or slightly above 80, with overnight lows only dropping to near 60. Our next chance for rain or thunder will arrive Tuesday or Wednesday (15-16th).