Warm & windy before showers and storms on Christmas Eve

Strong to severe storms possible Thursday evening

Thursday's Forecast (Copyright 2020 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Happy Thursday!

We can expect a warm and windy day, topping out in the upper 70s with building winds during the afternoon out of the south between 15-20 mph. Skies will be a tad cloudy, ahead of widespread chances for showers and strong to possibly severe thunderstorms.

Christmas Eve, from 4-8 p.m. is A Weather Authority Alert because of a line of strong, possibly severe storms that may produce damaging wind gusts as they move quickly across our area. You can read more about what to expect here

The rain moves into our inland areas between 4-6 p.m, and into our I-95 counties between 6-8 p.m. A strong cold front will push through behind the rain, dropping our temperatures down into the low 30s.

Christmas Day starts out hovering near freezing and only warms up to 48° under sunny skies. Expect a chilly breeze out of the northwest between 12-17 mph. Expect a widespread freeze Christmas night, with temperatures sinking as low as 28° at the airport. We could see a hard freeze over inland counties, mainly along and to the North of I-10. This means you may need to make cold weather preparations Christmas Day to protect your pets and plants, and for inland areas, you may need to protect or drop exposed pipes.

Saturday starts out as some of the chilliest weather we’ve seen all year and only warm up into the upper 40s under sunny skies.

Sunday will be a tad nicer, starting out around 32° but climbing into the upper 50s under sunny skies.

We’re back into the 60s on Monday and Tuesday with mostly sunny skies.

7-Day Forecast (Copyright 2020 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)