After today’s severe weather and heavy rain from the system that is currently moving through the state, we will notice another change starting tonight into Wednesday. The passage of the cold front will usher in cold and breezy conditions in the near term.
A model run from the Euro (EMCWF) for 7 AM ET Tuesday showing the predicted mean sea level pressure, isobars, and winds at 900 mb (NOT THE SURFACE). (Source: WeatherBell)
The tighter the isobars are, the tighter the pressure the gradient will be, and the stronger the winds. Winds behind the front are currently around 10 knots (~11.5 mph) out of the the northeast, but winds could pick up a little more tonight into Wednesday.
Cloud cover and winds will help keep temperatures “warm” tonight. (compared to what it is expected to be Thursday morning). Lows will likely be in the 40s tonight in the panhandle, upper 50s in northern Florida, mid 60s along the I-4 corridor, and the lower 70s for South Florida.
Highs tomorrow may put you in a state of shock – especially for those further north. Without factoring the winds, the thermometers might hang around the 50-degree reading in the panhandle and the Big Bend. It will get warmer as you head south with highs near 60 in North Central Florida, upper 60s along the I-4 corridor, but will remain fairly warm – upper 70s – across South Florida. Rain chances do remain for South Florida (~60 percent) as the front tries to pass through.
The Euro (below) might be a tad too low for the panhandle with regard to high temperatures, but that depends on how well the cold air moves into the area.
Predicted preceding six-hour maximum temperatures at 7 PM EDT via the ECMWF. (Source: WeatherBell)
But after sunset Wednesday, temps will start to tank. Lows Thursday morning in the panhandle could even bottom out in the upper 20s in some spots.
I’ll have more on the Thursday morning lows tomorrow, but I would stress bringing a nice coat with you to school or work tomorrow since it will be cool and breezy.