We are six days in to spring and temperatures have been close to normal so far. However, spring is about to take a “break as a brief blast of cold air arrives Tuesday evening and sends shivers down your spine Wednesday.
As low pressure strengthens and moves away overnight, higher pressure will quickly replace it. This change in this pressure, or the gradient, will tighten and cause winds to increase this afternoon. Sustained northwest winds of 15 to 20 mph can be expected in Alachua County, with frequent gusts to 30 mph possible.
NEAR-RECORD COLD TONIGHT
Strong cold air advection will send temperatures tumbling overnight, likely to a low between near 35 in most areas by 7 am Wednesday. Gainesville’s record low for March 26th is 34, set just one year ago in 2013. Gainesville also had a late-season freeze last year on the 27th, dropping to a second consecutive record low temperature of 30. The cool air will spill over into Wednesday afternoon as well, with daytime highs only reaching the lower 60’s, nearly 15 degrees below what is normal for this time of year.
BITTER WIND CHILLS
When you factor in the elevated wind speeds with the colder temperatures, we get a wind chill factor of what it will feel like. Since it is now spring, some of us may have put away our winter gear, but its time to bring it out again. Wind chills in most areas will likely be near 30°, and even briefly dipping into the upper 20’s in a few spots around commute time Wednesday morning.