Hot days for first weekend of fall

Author: Rebecca Barry, Weekend meteorologist, rbarry@wjxt.com
Published On: Sep 22 2012 11:26:34 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 22 2012 11:38:14 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

We usher in the first weekend of fall with warmer temperatures than we've seen in weeks, but much lower rain chances for rain.

Saturday began with reduced visibilities due to fog, primarily across inland Southeast Georgia. The worst visibilities ranged from half mile visibilities to 2 miles. Southern areas and coastal areas were generally more clear and less foggy. Calm winds, clear skies, cool temperatures, and an abundance of moisture were all contributing factors in this morning's foggy conditions. The fog cleared as our temperatures climbed.

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The temperatures are anticipated to top out in the upper 80s Saturday afternoon, making for a warm afternoon, especially to the west of I-95. This weekend marks the first weekend of Fall, but temperatures will hit the low 90s across inland Florida and Georgia on Sunday afternoon.

Our warmer temperatures are due in part to drier air settling into the Southeast. The drier air has lowered our precipitation potential, making for only isolated chances for rain on Saturday. Any isolated showers that may pop up are expected in our southern and eastern areas, near Palatka, Starke, or St. Augustine.

Overnight, fog may form as we approach sunrise and our temperatures reach the mid 60s to low 70s for overnight lows. Expect a steamy Sunday as temperatures climb into the lower 90s for afternoon highs, especially along I-75.

Isolated chances for afternoon showers will have a 20% coverage, especially over inland areas.