JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — TODAY: Our classic thunderstorm season stays active most of this week. This will not be the deluge we saw last week with rain duration mainly less than an hour in most areas. The sea breeze fires up storms today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. west of the Intracoastal Waterway and along the Interstate 95 corridor. Heavy rain and lightning moves southeast to west and northwest. Highs in the upper 80s.
OUR WEEK AHEAD: This pattern repeats all week long with the beach getting some needed rain thanks to a southwest flow by Wednesday and Thursday. Highs hold in the upper 80s to near 90 with a heat index of 95-100. High pressure builds in for the first official weekend of summer. Highs in the lower to middle 90s.
STRAWBERRY FULL MOON: Get your phones and cameras ready! Today we have the full strawberry moonrise at 8:58 p.m. The full moon in June is called the Strawberry Moon in reference to the name the Native Americans gave it due to wild strawberries that start to ripen during early summertime. We should have great viewing and a nice coincidence with the moon looking strawberry red thanks to storms well west of our area and cirrus clouds overhead. Enjoy!
SUMMER SOLSTICE: Meteorological summer began on June 1, but astronomical summer begins on June 21 with our summer solstice! This marks the longest day of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. It's also when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky and the Earth's North Pole is tilted directly towards the sun, at about 23.5 degrees. The days will gradually begin to get shorter after June 21.
TROPICS: We will watch a weak system try to organize near the Bahamas and then race away to our east. No new tropical development is expected within the next 5 days.