We saw some gloomy weather Friday and Saturday here in North Florida, with widespread, strong thunderstorms. On both days, rainfall totals neared or surpassed 2 inches in some locations, and many areas saw flooding. Flood advisories and warnings were issued for several counties, including Alachua. This soggy weather was all thanks to a trough stalled out over the North Florida area.
The pattern changes Sunday, as the trough starts to fall apart and ridging builds over Central Florida. Rain chances go down, but we still have the chance of a few isolated thunderstorms forming along the sea breezes early in the afternoon, and moving inland Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday afternoons. Outside of these isolated storms, we’ll see plenty of sunshine. The sunshine will work in tandem with high humidity to drive our heat indices near or past 100 degrees! Residents working or spending any time outdoors are encouraged to drink plenty of water.
Relief from the heat comes in the form of a cold front appraoching from the NW on Wednesday. The relief is not because of cold air behind the front. In fact, the front will be stalling to our north, keeping the cold air contained over our northern neighbors. However, with the stalled frontal boundary over us, we’ll see some widespread showers and thunderstorms, not to mention increased cloud cover, Wednesday through Friday. Remember you can always track the storms live on our interactive radar.