More than an inch of rain falls in Central Florida; new cold front arrives mid-week

CFL rainfall

Central Florida received some decent rainfall Saturday, with up to half an inch falling in the Tampa area and up to an inch or more on the East-Central Coast, according to CoCoRaHS. Light rain fell as far south as Indian River County on the East Coast, and more was expected Sunday due to the stalled cold front in the area. The above National Weather Service graphic shows rainfall totals through 8 a.m. Sunday. (Image credit: NWS-Melbourne)

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A mid-week cold front will knock temperatures back 20 degrees in places like Tampa and Orlando, the National Weather Service says, but the cool weather will be short-lived with temps spiking back into the 80s by the end of the week.

Forecast lows for Wednesday night/ Thursday morning: Orlando, 50 (after a forecast high of 84 on Tuesday); Tampa, 54; Gainesville, and Jacksonville, 47; and Fort Myers, 58. Miami’s forecast low is only 68 as winds switch quickly around to the northeast after the front goes through.

NWS forecasters in Key West describe the event as “a weak cold front limping through our area” that will slightly raise rainfall chances, but temperatures probably won’t drop below 70.

WINDY WEEKEND: Wind gusts up and down the East Coast were just under 30 mph on Saturday and the breezy weather was forecast to continue through Tuesday. Jacksonville reported a 34-mph wind gust.

Winds are forecast to begin winding down by Tuesday.

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Author: jnelander

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