The first massive cool down of the year has arrived!
OK, so it wasn't massive. OK, so it wasn't cool. OK, it really wasn't much of a front at all. However, the grip of the summer heat may have finally abated for the year as we are now on final approach to autumn.
Temperatures Monday morning were running cooler than the previous few days as seen in the chart above.
High pressure filtering in behind our front will keep lower dew points over the area meaning it'll be less humid and therefore more comfortable the next few mornings, with lows in the mid 60s. High temperatures over the area are expected to only top out in the mid 80s this week as high pressure slides off to the east, keeping a northeasterly flow over the area.
Look for non-existant rain chances Monday and very slim chances the rest of the week as mostly sunny skies dominate our area.
Climatologically, we are on the downhill slide into fall. Temperature averages are starting to come down. Our normal high has dropped from 94 degrees at the height of Summer to 88 degrees as of September 10. By the end of the month, we'll be down to an average high of 84 degrees.
It's only a matter of time, especially since the westerlies are dropping south, that our first 'big' cold front of the year swings through the area putting the final nail into Summer's coffin.
It may be worth a quick mention down here in the ''small print'' that Monday is the anniversary of Hurricane Dora. According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Dora formed off the coast of Africa and moved across the Atlantic Ocean making landfall in St. Johns County as a Category 2 hurricane.
This was the first hurricane on record to make direct landfall in the northeast region of Florida. The eye of the storm passed over St. Augustine with winds gusting to 125 mph and sustained winds of 80 mph. There was severe flooding in Live Oak, where 18 inches of rain fell and 23 inches in Mayo.
About 92 percent of Jacksonville was without power and some without power for a week or more. There were three fatalities and approximately $200 million in damages.