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Weather goes back and forth as we head into fall
Seth Barnes takes advantage of the mild September weather to do some work on his laptop in downtown Gainesville Tuesday afternoon. Local high temperatures are predicted to rise into the low 90s by the weekend, with lows in the high 60s or low 70s.

Labor Day weekend brought Gainesville its coolest weather since May 20. However, there could be just a couple more weeks of temperatures in the 90s this year, a National Weather Service forecaster predicts.

"We're going to enter autumn, and it will get colder," said forecaster Robert Garcia of the NWS office in Peachtree City.

As this week continues, temperatures will climb into the low 90s, and lows will warm up to the low 70s through the weekend as the cold front and high pressure system leave the region, he said. And it will be more humid.

But the days of 90-degree-plus highs "are getting more limited," Garcia said.

Cooler weather came right on the heels of what some consider to be the last weekend of summer.

Garcia said Gainesville's lows dropped to 55 Sunday, 63 Monday and 64 Tuesday, according to the weather observation system at Gilmer Memorial Airport in the city. The region's lows had been well above the mid-50s since May 20, he added.

While the warmth returns today, don't get used to it.

A cold front is expected to come through early next week, again dropping the low to the upper 50s, Garcia said.

Garcia said the 30-day forecast does call for above normal temperatures, although there is no emerging pattern on precipitation.


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