With a series of cold fronts moving through the area in recent days, St. Johns County residents are set to get their first dose of cooler air temperatures.
“It’s that time of year,” Dave Shuler, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, told The Record on Tuesday.
Late October, Shuler said, is when colder air masses start to push out most of the warmer, humid air of summertime.
The first front came through Monday, bringing Tuesday’s cooler morning and more comfortable temperatures. The secondary front, which Shuler said Tuesday afternoon was going to come through sometime later that night, is expected to cool things off even more.
Wednesday is expected to see a high of only 70 degrees, as opposed to a normal temperature for this time of the year around 80.
Nighttime temperatures will continue their downward trend “with the coldest nights being Wednesday night and Thursday night,” Shuler said.
That is when temperatures will dip to the mid- to low-50s, with daytime temperatures expected to hover around 70 before they head up again in time for the weekend.
That won’t be uncomfortably cold, Shuler said, but the cooler, drier air will be “significantly different than what we’ve been experiencing.”
“Then you will see a significant warm up Friday night,” he said.
These drops well-below historical normal temperatures aren’t all that uncommon.
Shuler said that this time of the year the thermometer rarely settles on the “normal” temperature and instead fluctuates between above-normal and below-normal.
“It seems like we transition more from summer to winter,” he said.