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Chance of thunderstorms to diminish through week
Weekend temperatures to reach upper 80s
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Slight chances of thunderstorms in the area early this week have little to do with a tropical storm off the coast of South Carolina, meteorologists with the National Weather Service said.

Tropical Storm Alberto weakened slightly off the South Carolina coast on Sunday, canceling tourist cruises, producing showers along the coast and serving as a reminder that the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is just around the corner.

Alberto was named a tropical storm Saturday after forming in the Atlantic. It was the third tropical storm to form before the official June 1 start of the hurricane season in the past 31 years.

The first storm of the season was not expected to approach landfall on the Carolinas’ coast, but it prompted a tropical storm watch and forecasters warned that it could produce high winds, heavy surf, rip currents and scattered rain across the region.

And even with slight chances of thunderstorms looming over Gainesville in the first half of the week, Memorial Day weekend is looking to be rain-free.

Gainesville has “low-end possibilities” for showers and thunderstorms today through Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

While rain could come today, the chance is highest for Tuesday at 40 percent.

And those chances for rain are shrinking for the weekend’s official kickoff to summer holidays.

“All and all, the weekend is looking mostly dry,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Lynn.

Heralding summertime, temperatures this weekend are expected to climb back into the upper 80s.

The expected temperatures are above normal for this time of year, which is usually in the lower half of the 80s, Lynn said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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