46ºF

January’s forecast staying chilly

Several more 60-degree days ahead

December had 7 freezes in 2020 but that's not all...more are likely later this month.
December had 7 freezes in 2020 but that's not all...more are likely later this month. (wjxt)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – If you are looking to chill out in Jacksonville, January is your month. Typically we see the coldest days of the year in January as average highs max out around 64º during the day and 41º at night.

While the first couple days of the year started out well above average -- in the 80s -- don’t get accustomed to those temperatures. They’ll become more routine in April.

The forecast keeps it quite cool, with only one break above 70° Thursday followed by a prolonged spell of colder temperatures in the 60s or below for most of the remaining month.

Harsh cold will be on hold but a couple of freezes look likely by the week of Jan. 20.

Frosty days could return this Sunday with more opportunities during the third week of January.
Frosty days could return this Sunday with more opportunities during the third week of January. (wjxt)

The cooler pattern is being predicted by the Climate Prediction Center. Forecasters say cool Pacific water temperatures, called La Nina, favor above-normal conditions across much of the southern United States except over the Southeast. Our area should stay with seasonal to below-average temperatures.

Freezing lows expected across north Florida Tuesday night January 19, based on GFS.
Freezing lows expected across north Florida Tuesday night January 19, based on GFS.

La Nina is expected to stay through the end of spring increasing the chances February could stay chillier than normal before the springtime thaw.

More than a 50% chance for below average temps across southern Georgia and north Florida over the next 10 days.
More than a 50% chance for below average temps across southern Georgia and north Florida over the next 10 days. (wjxt)

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