Early week rain is expected to bring cooler temperatures to North Central Florida by Wednesday.

Rain from a cold front arriving early in the week is expected to bring cooler temperatures to the area. Wednesday’s anticipated high is in the 60s, though the National Weather Service predicts highs in the 70s will return by the weekend.


Here is this week’s weather forecast:


Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80 degrees. Calm wind becoming northeast around 6 mph in the morning.


Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59 degrees. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.


Tuesday: A 30% chance of showers after 2 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80 degrees. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 9 mph in the morning.


Tuesday night: A 30% chance of showers before 2 a.m. Cloudy, with a low around 48 degrees.


Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 63 degrees.


Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 49 degrees.


Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 73 degrees.


Thursday night: A 30% chance of showers after 8 p.m. Cloudy, with a low around 57 degrees.


Friday: A 30% chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 71 degrees.


Friday night: A 30% chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54 degrees.


Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.


The National Weather Service issues the official forecast for Marion County and surrounding areas. The Star Banner uses AccuWeather forecasts on its weather page, which are sometimes different than official weather service predictions.