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Warm Saturday will give way to rain today
Ashley Wade and her husband Tyler help son Hampton ride his tricycle Saturday along a sidewalk in Longwood Park in Gainesville. The Wades were among the many people out in local parks enjoying the springlike weather. - photo by Tom Reed

If you weren’t out enjoying the pleasant temperatures and partial sunshine Saturday, you may not get another chance for awhile.

According to the National Weather Service recording station at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville, Saturday’s high temperature was 71 degrees. That is above the average by some 15 degrees for January.

However, Nate Mayes, meteorologist for the NWS office in Peachtree City, said record highs haven’t yet been reached with the warm winter temperatures.

“Warmer than normal, but nowhere near records. We haven’t set (records),” said Mayes.

Mayes attributes the warm-up to what is known as a “Bermuda high,” which he explains as “South winds out of the Gulf, and bring in warm, tropical air.”

At Longwood Park in Gainesville, Lyn Froehlich and her friends enjoyed their tennis game in the warm weather.

Tyler Wade and wife Ashley brought their son, Hampton, to ride his tricycle.

Sunny Bush and son Eli of Jefferson were among those at the park as well. She said their last trip to the park wasn’t as pleasant as Saturday’s experience.

“We were here Wednesday, and it felt like 25 degrees, so we didn’t have very much fun,” Bush said. “So today, I was like ‘we need to get.’ It’s better than being at home. It felt good today.”

However, rain is scheduled to arrive today, and with it, cooler temperatures will follow, Mayes said.

There’s a 30 percent chance of rain today rising to 80 percent tonight. The threat is 80 percent Monday and 70 percent Tuesday.

High temperatures are expected to be back in the 50s by Tuesday, and the lows will drop back into the 30s.

Mayes said we should stay in this pattern with no drastic change is in the immediate forecast.

“(The weather’s) pretty much around normal, as long as the jet stream stays where it’s at,” he said.

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