North-Central Floridians should prepare for a 50-degree swing in how it feels over the next 36 hours. After eight straight days of 80° warmth across North Central Florida, a dramatic cool down is coming tomorrow afternoon. Temperatures will start out similar to the last several days with lows near 60, warming to near 70 by noon. After noon, though, temperatures will fall fast as a cold front races through the region. The mercury will tumble into the 50s by the evening commute and 40s by 7pm. But that’s just half the story. Winds gusting to 30 mph by late afternoon will create wind chills a full ten degrees colder at times, likely falling into the 30s by early evening.
While the temperature swing will be the most noticeable feature with this front, precipitation will also likely occur when it moves through. Showers are expected to develop near the Nature Coast by 8am, then quickly move eastward and arriving in Gainesville around 11am, clearing North-Central Florida by late afternoon.
In the early morning hours of Friday, wind chill values will be near of below freezing. Gusty winds will continue all day Friday, making an afternoon high near 60 feel like the 50s all day. Temperatures will moderate some over the weekend, and highs could near 70 by Monday. This warm-up will be short lived, however, with an even stronger front on the way next week.
WRUF-TV (Cox Channel 6) will have live coverage on the front and be tracking all the changes Thursday morning from 7 to 9am with your Weather on the 6′s. Urgent weather alerts will be sent via Twitter @GatorWeather.