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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Gainesville temperatures may dip below freezing

With temperatures possibly dropping to 28 degrees tonight, Gainesville will be under its seventh freeze advisory since October.

The National Weather Service in Jacksonville will most likely upgrade tonight's freeze watch to a freeze warning this morning, said meteorologist Phil Peterson.

The record low for Dec. 2 was set at 23 degrees in 1911, Peterson said.

Although records aren't being broken today, Peterson said temperatures have been everything but normal.

"Gainesville has been having an unusual pattern of weather," Peterson said. "It keeps going from one extreme to the other."

Three weeks ago, temperatures were in the 80s, and now Gainesville is looking at a freeze warning, he said.

Gainesville's high number of freeze advisories has also been unusual, he said, with one in October and six in November.

According to records taken since 1971, October averages no freeze watches, and November averages one, Peterson said. December and January both have an average of six.

For the month of November, Gainesville experienced temperatures 4 degrees lower than normal, he said, with temperatures ranging from a high of 85 to a low of 28.

The 90-day outlook shows temperatures returning to normal again with a high of 70 degrees and a low of 40 degrees, he said.

Peterson said the temperature looks like it will be returning to average during the next few months, but he's not sure if it will happen within 90 days.

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