Near record breaking lows anticipated as a late freeze invades the Southeast

Below average temperatures persist until the weekend.

By Rebecca Barry - Meteorologist
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Below-average temperatures persist this week.

After an unusually cool start to the workweek, a near record breaking freeze looms for early Wednesday morning.  Breezy, chilly conditions under sunny skies make for wind chill values only in the 40's, while actual temperatures only reach the 50's.  

Temperatures dipped early Tuesday morning into the mid 30's.  Winds overnight remained in the 7-12mph range, keeping overnight temperatures above freezing.  After sunrise, the winds begun to build back up and peaked during the afternoon hours out of the West, sustained between 15 and 20mph, with gusts around 30mph.  Afternoon highs reach the upper 50's in Jacksonville, under sunny, clear skies.  After sunset, the winds calm slightly, and hover in the 10mph range, out of the West.  Temperatures dip through the 40's and into the 30's- challenging record lows in some locations. 

The record for Jacksonville for March 27th was set in 1984, and is 32°, which is the anticipated low for early Wednesday morning. For Gainesville; the record is 31° set in 2006 and the anticipated low for Gainesville is 30°. For Alma, it is less likely the record of 24°, set in 1955, will be challenged, as the anticipated low for Alma on Wednesday is 29°.  St Simons Is, GA will also remain above record early Wednesday- their anticipated low is 37°, and the record is 30°, set in 1955.  

Temperature remain cooler than average with mornings in the upper 30's and low 40's until the weekend, when temperatures in the afternoon rebound into the 70's.  Dry conditions persist through the weekend as well.

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