If you were out for a walk and thought it felt hotter than normal for the beginning of January — you’re right. The National Weather Service said Jacksonville tied a record high for January of 85 degrees on Friday.
Meteorologist Andrew Kennedy told WJCT News the city has seen several record and near-record highs over the past few months.
Friday’s unseasonably warm weather is due to a front of high pressure coming up from the Caribbean and South Florida.
"The all-time record for the month of January is actually 85 degrees set back on January 30th of 2013,” Kennedy said. Friday's record-tying temperature of 85 was also the hottest ever Jan. 3 on record, he said.
The normal high for this time of year is around 64 degrees.
Kennedy said Jacksonville should see heavy rain move in early Saturday morning, with possibly some strong storms.
Conditions should start clearing up around 2 p.m. Saturday, with much cooler temperatures and drier conditions moving in Saturday night and into Sunday.