Gusty winds will plague the east coast of Florida this weekend as an area of high pressure battles for positioning with Tropical Storm Patty, which will continue to spin near the Bahamas.
Winds will gust between 15 and 25 mph in Jacksonville today through Saturday with gusts up to 30 mph along the beaches. North winds offshore will average between 15 and 20 knots with seas of 3-5 feet and small craft are urged to exercise caution.
This rough surf will also lead to a moderate risk of rip currents at area beaches. Swimmers are advised to swim at lifeguard-protected beaches and to be cautious. If caught in a rip current, remain calm and swim parallel to the coastline. When out of the current, swim at an angle towards shore.
Conditions will improve along the coast on Sunday with diminishing winds as the high builds into the Atlantic Ocean and Patty dissipates near the Bahamas.
Wintry conditions and cold will return to the Pittsburgh area through Sunday morning.
Another surge of cold air is set to blast Chicago, bringing January-like temperatures to the area for the start of the weekend before temperatures rebound into the 50s for the new week.
Following another day of near-record warmth across Southern California, a slight cool down will occur over the weekend before temperatures begin to climb once again.
Southwest winds will bring heavy rain and possible thunderstorms to Atlanta late this week, causing temperatures to plummet.
Warm weather and sunshine will continue to hold into the new week across the Bay Area.
Following the surge in warmth in coastal areas and the central Appalachians from Thursday, temperatures will again bottom out at cold levels in the Northeast this weekend.
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