January 2014 proved to be one of the coldest on record for North Florida. A parade of cold fronts brought us several days when temperatures struggled to get out of the 30’s and 40’s. We even saw a winter storm that brought unusual snow, sleet and ice to the panhandle. Floridians struggled through the cold snap, while our northern neighbors ridiculed us as they faced brutally cold temperatures and heavy snow. Thankfully, a major shift in the weather pattern is expected for February that will make North Florida feeling a lot more like Florida.
Starting February 1st, a pattern a southerly flow will develop across North Florida. Although it will bring us cloudy skies and brief afternoon showers, it will also bring much warmer weather. High temperatures are expected to push near 80 degrees in many cities on Sunday the 2nd, and pass the 80 degree mark Monday and Tuesday. A ridge of high pressure building over the state will keep conditions mostly dry for the period. North Floridians can finally trade in the coats, gloves, scarves, and boots, for shorts, T-shirts and flip flops. We’ll also notice the humidity rising as well, with dew points climbing into the lower 60’s through Wednesday the 5th.
A weak front is expected to move through on Wednesday. It won’t bring much in terms of rainfall, and the strong ridge of high pressure will keep arctic air from sinking in behind the front. We will have a slight cool down, with high temperatures in the upper 60’s to lower 70’s for next weekend. Dew points will be more seasonable in the mid 40’s, making for much more comfortable conditions.