JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – At the time of this entry, the skies are already ominous. Your weekend is kicking off on a comfortable but mostly cloudy start. Lots of activities going on this weekend so lets get you caught up.
Those ominous clouds are bringing some heavy showers to our coastal areas from Mayport to St. Mary's to Brunswick and these showers are pushing to the northwest, away from Jacksonville, at about 10 mph.
More coastal showers are expected this morning which will push inland by late morning to early afternoon to affect those of us in the Jacksonville area as well as out towards I-75. This is definitely more of a zonal forecast for today; meaning the high chance of rain will be propagating inland throughout the day.
Not everybody is expected to get wet Saturday or Sunday but as you're out and about, you'll definitely be dodging them.
Expect high temperatures this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, to be in the mid to upper 80s after morning lows in the mid to upper 60s. Scattered showers will be possible each afternoon, not just through Sunday but into next week as well.
We could certainly use the rain across our area. The most recent drought monitor that came out last Thursday has our area in the slightest degree of drought, categorized as "abnormally dry."
So far for the month of May, JIA has only recorded .14" of rain for the entire month so far. That puts us down 2.09 inches below normal for the month. Craig Field has recorded .24" for the month and are down 2.28" on the month.
On the other hand, Gainesville is running above normal on rainfall for May. Gainesville Regional Airport has recorded 2.54 inches of rain which is .30" above normal for the month.