UPDATE: Possible sea breeze collision zone today is likely to be near US 301 and not until after 6pm. A surge of deeper moisture from central and south Florida could aid in the redevelopment of showers and thunderstorms for many inland locations well into the evening. Early in the evening, some of the stronger cells could be capable of winds up to 50 mph and small hail.
A late arrival to showers and thunderstorms will allow for temperatures to climb this afternoon. But it’s not that high temperature you should worry about, it’s how hot it’s actually going to feel with the heat index.
For the first time this year, the heat index in Gainesville broke the 100° mark on Monday and will repeat itself on Tuesday. Heat indices will be near or above the 100° between 1 and 4pm Tuesday afternoon. Remember to take precautions if outdoors during this time by wearing light colored clothing, drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding strenuous activity.
Relief from the heat will be arriving later in the afternoon hours in the form of showers and thunderstorms. Spotty showers will move inland after 2pm, but stronger storms will start to develop where the sea breezes collide around drive time. Isolated strong storms are possible mainly near and just east of the I-75 corridor. Later in the evening, some of these cells could drift northwest towards the cities of Gainesville and Ocala. Main threats associated with these storms are strong winds, small hail and frequent lightning. Shower and thunderstorm activity will end by 10pm.
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