The title of this story might be one we can repeat multiple times this winter. Warmer than normal temperatures are expected in Florida for the next three months, largely because of a La Nina that has formed.
That’s not to say there won’t be some cold spurts. Gainesville was climbing out of one Saturday.
Despite much of the nation heading for a deep freeze, Florida is likely to miss out on these polar plunges. The upper level steering current, often referred to as the jet stream, is at it again. I explain why in this video.
The fast winds aloft from the west won’t allow the coldest of air to penetrate too deep into the Southeast. Yes, temperatures will fluctuate a bit and cool down at times. Overall, however, they are likely to stay above normal for the next ten days.
Even though it will be warm in Gainesville, the record highs are likely safe. Monday and Tuesday’s record high is 85 (1949,1948) and Wednesday’s is 84 (1967).[promote-10day]