By: Brittany Bedi
December 18, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Monday kicks off an unsettled pattern through North Florida and South Georgia. Increased moisture will lead to more cloud cover and the possibility of some showers through the week.
Clouds and a warm airmass in place led to a warmer-than-average start to the day. Morning lows ranged from 59 to 66 degrees. Average morning temperatures are usually in the low 40s. By noon, temperatures were already in the mid 70s through much of the area.
Highs in the 70s will be a common occurrence this week. High pressure is situated to the east in the Atlantic. A warm front will continue to lift north from the Gulf Coast to Northern Alabama and Mississippi. Winds will continue to come from the south. Southerly flow and abundant moisture will lead to a muggy feel to the air, plus increased cloud cover for Monday afternoon. Clouds remain overnight into Tuesday.
By Wednesday, the warm front over Mississippi and an area of low pressure and cold front will push east. The cold front will move through North Florida and South Georgia on Wednesday. The front will bring a 30% to 40% chance of scattered showers with mostly cloudy skies. The cold front will not impact temperatures much by Thursday and Friday. Highs still reach the low to mid 70s. Early morning temperatures will dip to the mid 50s on Thursday and Friday morning.
Overall, be ready for a muggy week ahead and some scattered showers.
Christmas is a week away, so the specifics of the forecast that day are still uncertain. However, a cold front will be moving through the Southeast U.S. that day. The timing of that front determines whether we could see some showers Christmas day. Forecast models are split on the timing of that front. The faster the front moves through the Southeast, the higher chance of some showers on Christmas.