A disturbance off the Atlantic coast of Jacksonville will bring some scattered showers and thunderstorms to portions of North and Central Florida this afternoon, moving from east to west. Some of these storms will be strong in nature, with heavy downpours, gusty winds and frequent lightning possible. The heaviest of the activity will be concentrated in the St. John’s River Valley and into Central Florida. Remember, you can always track the storms live on our interactive radar right here on this website. Alachua and Colombia counties should be dry by 8pm, so residents there won’t have to dodge rain if they’re headed out for Saturday evening, but showers and storms may linger in some of the southern and eastern counties through 10 or 11pm.
On Sunday and Monday, lingering low pressure in the wake of a front that settled over the area on Friday will allow scattered thunderstorms to develop on both afternoons. With cold air in the upper atmosphere, and lots of daytime heating to fuel stronger cells, some of these storms produce areas of heavy downpours, frequent lightning, gusty winds, and some localized flooding, with the possibility of some of the storms becoming severe. We’ll have live updates on WRUF-TV Cox cable 6 if there is any severe weather, and you can always follow us on twitter @WRUFWeather for severe weather and downpour alerts for Alachua county.
Sunday’s storms will develop along both coasts in the early afternoon and then progress inland into the late evening, with a sea breeze merger taking place over the St. John’s River valley.
By the middle of the week, high pressure develops in the gulf. Deep tropical moisture will remain over North Florida, but the ridge of high pressure will cut off the lift necessary for widespread showers and thunderstorms to develop. Rain chances will go down Tuesday and Wednesday, but temperatures and heat indices climb quickly. Drink plenty of water! Scattered and widespread thunderstorm activity returns for the end of the week, as a cold front moves in from the northwest.