North Floridians planning on heading out to the beach, pool or anywhere else outdoors this weekend will want to rethink those plans. The same weather features we have been tracking for days will work in concert to bring steady, sometimes heavy showers and thunderstorms to all of North Florida in the coming days. While it won’t rain all day long on both Saturday and Sunday, limited sunshine and slightly cooler temperatures are expected, even during the dry times.
On Saturday, the remnants of Tropical Storm Chantal move northward, and a deep layer of moisture will settle in above the Floridian peninsula. Sea breezes will start the development of storms early on Saturday morning along both coasts. It won’t take long for this moisture to move inland, soaking most of the I-75 corridor by early afternoon. The gulf sea breeze will take control by evening, keeping most storm activity just to the east of the I-75 corridor.
High pressure near Bermuda takes charge Sunday, bolstering the Atlantic sea breeze. Storm activity Sunday will start on the Atlantic coast in the morning and then move westward by late afternoon. In the wake of this line of storms, slightly cooler and more comfortable air will move in for the evening hours on the heels of a breezy east wind.
The dry weather won’t last long, though. By Monday night, a weak tropical wave will approach the Atlantic coast and bring with it some gusty winds and heavy downpours Monday night into Tuesday morning.
THE BOTTOM LINE
- Saturday’s storms start early in the morning near both coasts, move inland by early afternoon.
- Sunday’s storms start on the Atlantic coast and move westward, clearing most areas along and east of I-75 by early evening.
- Relatively dry Sunday night through Monday afternoon
- Heavy rain squalls and gusty winds arrive from the Atlantic coast Monday night.