Widespread rain pushes offshore, drying out tonight

Breezy, turning chilly tonight

By Rebecca Barry - Meteorologist

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A wide swath of rain pushed in from the West this afternoon. We didn't see any thunderstorms developing despite our warm temperatures in the 70s. The main band of rain is pushing offshore , a smaller round or two of lighter showers will still push through during the early evening hours.  

After the rain pushes offshore, we will dry out this evening. Expect gusty southwesterly winds turning westerly overnight, between 12-17mph. The skies will gradually clear overnight and the temperatures turn chilly, getting down into the low 40s. 

Saturday, expect clearing skies and chilly temperatures.  Lows will get down into the upper 30s to low 40s.  Afternoon highs will climb into the low to mid 50s under sunny, clear skies.  Winds will be out of the West between 12-17mph. 

Sunday, we could see an inland freeze.   Wake up temperatures will be in the low 30s for inland counties, and in the low 40s along the beaches.  Afternoon highs will only reach the upper 40s to low 50s under sunny skies.  Winds will be lighter, out of the north-northeast between 5-10 mph.

The chilly weather sticks around for Martin Luther King, Jr day- expect to start out in the mid 30s and under sunny skies we will warm into the upper 50s, with no chances for showers. 

The dry, sunny, chilly weather is persistent through the following weekend. 

Hourly Forecast:
High 77 - 80%
5 pm 71 - 100%
8 pm 58 - 20% Clearing
10 pm 54 Clearing

Sunrise: 7:23 am
Sunset: 5:46 pm

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