A late-season storm system has developed in the northeast Gulf of Mexico with an area of low pressure moving out of the Gulf and over north Florida, dragging a cold front over the Florida Peninsula overnight.
A strong southerly flow ahead of this front moved a very warm and humid air mass over the region today and fed the line of showers and thunderstorms that moved over the area late this afternoon and early this evening.
As the system moves off to the north and east of Florida on Saturday, the cold front and most of the heavier rain associated with it will move east of the state, but some energy and moisture will continue to wrap around the low, resulting in breezy conditions and hit-or-miss showers through the first half of the day.
With the cold front transitioning from west to east across the Peninsula overnight, we will keep the threat of showers and storms -- some possibly strong -- in the forecast through just before sunrise Saturday. With saturated air mass in place over the region, overnight low temperatures will not fall much, and most of Central Florida will see morning lows in the middle to upper 60s and lower 70s.
As the low slowly moves away from the east coast on Saturday, west winds will continue to feed enough moisture into the area to produce scattered showers during the first half of the day. Conditions should begin to clear in the afternoon, with partly cloudy skies and high temperatures in the middle to upper 70s expected by the late day hours.
As skies clear overnight Saturday and into Sunday, temperatures will drop off into the middle to upper 50s for early Easter morning. We will wrap up the holiday weekend with partly sunny skies and highs in the middle to upper 70s and lower 80s on Sunday afternoon.
The following workweek will bring a fairly seasonable weather pattern to the area, with partly cloudy skies and highs mainly in the middle 80s.
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