An early work week warm up

By Rebecca Barry, Weekend meteorologist, rbarry@wjxt.com
Published On: Jan 27 2013 08:50:29 AM EST
Updated On: Jan 27 2013 10:50:28 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Expect an early work week warm-up, unusually warm for January -- even in Florida!

After a cloudy end to the weekend, where we topped out in the upper 60s, a change in flow brings us warmer temperatures.  The winds shift overnight on Sunday night from NE brisk breezes, to a light southerly flow, bringing warmer, moist, tropical air over the Southeast. 

Waking up on Monday, expect upper 40s to mid 50s for overnight lows.  Clearing skies and light breezes will make the mid to upper 70s even more pleasant for afternoon highs. An isolated coastal shower is possible, especially in Southern areas. 

Tuesday brings even milder, sunnier weather, with afternoon highs reaching the upper 70s, with light breezes and a beautiful afternoon.

Wednesday will be the warmest day of the week, as afternoon high reach the low 80s, potentially challenging record highs for that day.  The record is 83°, set in 1991.

Last year, we spent January 30th warming up to a mere 64°, not far from the normal average for January 30, which is 66°.  After hitting those unusually warm temperatures, a strong cold front will sweep through the Southeast.  Strong, potentially severe thunderstorms arrive late Wednesday night, stretching into Thursday morning.

Thursday will begin stormy, but clear later in the afternoon hours.  As the cold front behind these storms pushes through, the skies will clear and temperatures will begin to drop.  Thursday night, the temperatures will head into the upper 30s.  

Friday begins chilly and sunny! After starting in the upper 30s, temperatures climb into the mere low 60s.  Friday's temperatures are much closer to average for this time of year, but certainly not the normal for this year's temperatures, which have run well above average.

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