UPDATE: We’ve added a chance of showers to the forecast Monday, primarily between 10am and 3pm. The front mentioned below has been pushing in a little slower than previous forecast data had suggested, and we likely will have one more brief round of rain before the drier air surges in Monday evening.
It was a soggy and stormy end to the month of may in North Florida. An area of low pressure stationed to our west working in tandem with the afternoon sea breezes made for a noisy start to the rainy season. This added moisture and lift caused the typical afternoon showers to become severe thunderstorms at times. We saw heavy downpours everyday, hail on Sunday and Thursday, a tornado warning on Monday, and some heavy flooding on Friday, which brought the afternoon commute to a halt on the western side of Gainesville. Lightning even sparked a fire at an apartment complex in the Fort Clarke area Thursday, destroying all units inside. What a week!
As we kick off the month of June, though, North Floridians will get a brief respite from nature’s fury. An unusually strong “backdoor” front will slide southwestward on Sunday. Most fronts move in from the west, but occasionally they can sneak in from almost the opposite direction, thus the name. The front arriving Sunday night is what helped to trigger Sunday afternoon’s round of showers and thunderstorms, some producing brief episodes of heavy rain. By early Monday, a northeast wind kicks in and high pressure builds to the north. Drier air will filter in and stick around until Wednesday. We’ll have three straight days of pleasant, sunny weather. It won’t even be that hot, as the northerly flow will help to temper our highs in the upper 80′s, certainly bearable by Floridian standards. The humidity will drop considerably as well, only adding to the more comfortable feel to the atmosphere, especially in the mornings and evenings.
Enjoy the beautiful dry weather, because the rainy season and hurricane season, are only just getting started. Spotty afternoon thunderstorms return Thursday and Friday. Then next weekend, the WRUF Weather Team has its eyes glued on the Gulf of Mexico as we track the possibility of a low pressure system developing and bringing some significant rainfall to North Florida. That’s still several days away, so remember to tune in to WRUF-TV for the latest updates everyday, or watch us right here on our website.