We’ve “enjoyed” three days of dry, sunny weather here in North Florida. I say enjoyed with the quotes because although we haven’t seen much rainfall, the lack of rain has brought us a few days with heat indices near or at above 100 degrees in many locations. Many North Floridians hoped for at least a quick shower to bring some relief from the oppressive afternoon heat.
Those who were hoping for some rain may get there wish granted by Mother nature today. Southwesterly flow will push some storms through the area in the late morning early afternoon hours. Alachua, Colombia and Marion counties could see a possible downpour from 11am until about 4pm this afternoon. Some storms could be strong, with frequent lightning, heavy rain, and some small hail possible. It should be dry by the time of the evening commute, and dry as well if you’re going to be headed out for your Friday night.
Rain chances go down for the western and central counties through the weekend as ridging builds in the gulf. On Saturday, we may have a quick storm here in Alachua county from 11am to about 2pm. After that you’ll see plenty of sunshine, but you’ll also notice the heat. The ridging will provide plenty of fuel for the gulf sea breeze, so heavy and more widespread storms will be possible on the Atlantic coast. If you’re thinking of heading to the beach, go to the nature coast.
Most areas stay dry on Sunday, with just a spotty shower possible here and there.