Jacksonville reached 81° about 3 p.m. Monday, tying our 125-year-old record set in 1888. Other Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida locations came close to their records, but did not tie or break any high temperature records for the day.
You can expect above average temperatures through Wednesday, on Tuesday Jacksonville will top out at 81°, not getting too close to our 1889 record of 83°, but still well above our average daily high of 65°. On Wednesday our temperatures will climb to 80°, well away from our 1947 record of 84°.
Thursday's chances for rain and impending frontal system bring our spring-like weather to an end.
Can't remember when the last time was when we spent this many January days in the 80's? It's been awhile. In January of 1974, we spent 18 days above 80.
"That was the winter that I could always take a swim in my pool," Channel 4 meteorologist emeritus George Winterling said. "The water was not very warm (68 degrees), but that's as warm as some people get up north in the summer."
More seasonal temperatures return on Friday, when we will see highs in the upper 50's. The weekend will bring cloudier conditions and temperatures only reaching the 60's.