Cool post Christmas weather with rain in the forecast

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Updated: 12/26/2013 9:47 am

Today: A partly cloudy sky with a north breeze around the 10-15 mph. Temperatures have been trending a bit cooler lately and the chill has been hard to shake. Highs this afternoon should strike in the mid 50's, that's below the seasonal average of 61º for Gulfport. An area of low pressure, which was previously paid very little attention in the computer models, is expected to develop in the western region of the Gulf of Mexico in the next day. This rain maker should move quickly through the Gulf states on Saturday. No severe weather is expected, but wind speeds will increase ahead and behind this system and an associated cold front will knock temps down for Monday.

Tonight: More clouds should help keep the low temperatures away from the 30's. An overnight low of 40º is expected in Gulfport. The winds will continue to breeze from the north at 10 mph under a partly cloudy night.

Friday: A bit more warmth with temps near the 60º mark. Average Gulfport readings for this time of the year is 61º. Temperatures for the day should be stuck in the upper 50's for most locations with a persistent breeze from the north, an issue for small craft and little else. Friday night, with extra clouds left from the day, temperatures should remain in the low 40's and a north breeze.

This Weekend: An area of low pressure located in the western Gulf will continue to develop in the wake of a series of high pressure systems over land. The track of this rain maker is expected to be quick and right through the northern/northeastern Gulf of Mexico. No severe weather is expected and the mostly cloudy outlook with showers is primarily expected Saturday afternoon. However, slight rain chances exist later Friday in advance and early Sunday in the wake of this system. A cold front is also expected to accompany the passage of this brief wet weather, but temperatures should not drop- in fact they'll trend up as this front has a southerly, tropical origin.

Next Week: Things appear quiet into New Year's Eve, but the beginning days of 2014 look unsettled as a series of systems are forecasted to pass through repeatedly.

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