Cold front moving into Alachua, Marion counties

Severe thunderstorms could hit the area Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.

The service said in a release that the chance of these storms lessens further north as a warm front comes in from the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. The storms will depend on how much unstable air will develop.

The highest chances for these storms will be between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and the highest possibilities fall just south of Gainesville, hitting Hawthorne and Micanopy along with all of Marion, Putnam and the southern portion of St. Johns counties.

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After an 80 degree weekend, temperatures dipped Monday with a high of 65 degrees at around noon before dropping to 56 degrees by 4 p.m.

Tuesday’s forecast is a high of 60 degrees with a low of 44 degrees, enough to activate the Gainesville’s Cold Shelter Program.

From Tuesday through Thursday, temperatures look to fall below 45 degrees each night, the trigger for the shelter program.

But the Florida sun will likely return for Christmas, hitting a 77 degree high for Dec. 25. The projected highs will be in the 70s to 80 degrees for the remainder of 2021.

On Tuesday, Alachua County Commissioner Mary Alford will hold a 5:30 p.m. coat and blanket collection at University Avenue and NE First Street by the clock tower. People can drop off items for distribution then.

GRACE Marketplace also accepts coats and blankets. The organization provides shelter during Gainesville’s cold shelter nights along with St. Francis House for those with a police blue card.

Alachua County Animal Services will lower fees to $21 on Tuesday for adopting one of their newest “lap warmers” available to cuddle with all day. The program lasts from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Residents in the High Springs area can use the fire department’s new weather station to view live conditions.

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