Both the rainy season and typical summer heat have arrived late this year in Gainesville. The rainy season kicked off last week with the arrival of Tropical Storm Andrea. The heat gets here Wednesday. WRUF is projecting temperatures to reach their highest values of the year so far, with a forecast high of 94°. Just one year ago, 94 was already achieved nine times by June 12th and we had already hit 90° 32 times by the same date. This year, we have only hit 90° fourteen times so far.
THE BOTTOM LINE
- High temperatures Wednesday and Thursday in the middle 90s
- Top heat indices both afternoons between 100 and 105
- Cold front arrives Friday with some relief expected over the weekend
High pressure aloft will keep the skies mostly sunny Wednesday, allowing temperatures to reach the middle 90s in most locations. The humidity will work in concert with the building heat to deliver the season’s first episode of uncomfortable heat index values, likely topping 100 by early afternoon. Sea breeze interactions will be limited, with little or no chance for a thunderstorm.
Thursday will be the hottest day of the year thus far with a forecast high temperature of 95° and a heat index of possibly hitting 103°. There is a slight chance for scattered showers in the afternoon, with rain chances increasing into the evening hours with an approaching cold front.
On Friday, a weak cold front will move through North Florida, bringing higher chances for a shower or thunderstorm in the early afternoon hours. The added cloud cover will keep temperatures down as well, likely hitting a high of 90. Unseasonably dry and slightly cooler conditions are expected for the weekend as dry air moves in behind the cold front.
As these temperatures climb, it is important to stay aware of the dangers associated with the summertime heat. According to the National Weather Service, heat indices above 105° are considered a dangerous zone in which heat related illnesses can occur. During extremely hot weather, the body loses it’s ability to cool off and this can result in cramps, exhaustion or even heat stroke. During a prolonged period of intense heat, it is important to dress in cool, loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water. In order to decrease risk of heat related illnesses, it is important to stay out of the sun for extended periods of time and spend more time in air-conditioned places.
The heat is no joke and heat related deaths are among the top weather related deaths. It is important to stay aware of the heat and the dangers associated with it. Follow @WRUFWeather on Twitter for constant updates all season long on projected temperatures and heat indices. The current temperature and heat index is always available on WRUF-TV (Cox Channel 6).