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Sunday downpours to slow travel from Jacksonville to Miami, Tampa

After rain soaked portions of the Florida Panhandle during the last few days of 2015 into New Year's Day, rain will set its sights on central and South Florida on Sunday.

"A frontal boundary will be the mechanism for rain to move across the central and southern portions of Florida Sunday into Sunday night," AccuWeather Meteorologist Ed Vallee said.

Rain will move across portions of northern and central Florida, including Jacksonville, Tampa and Orlando during Saturday afternoon before spreading across South Florida, including Miami, Naples and Key West during Sunday night.

The heaviest rain will hold off in Miami until Sunday night as only spotty showers will be around during the afternoon for the final regular season game between the Dolphins and the Patriots. Those attending the game should bring along a rain jacket in case a shower passes by.

Rainfall amounts will generally be less than 1 inch across most areas.

"While significant flooding is not expected, heavy rain will periodically cause ponding on roadways," Vallee said.

Those traveling across interstates 4, 75 and 95 and U.S. Route 1 should reduce speeds during heavier downpours to reduce the risk of hydroplaning.

This quick burst of rain will be beneficial as much of central and South Florida has been rather dry for much of December.

Much of the state had only received about 20 to 30 percent of their normal rainfall during the month of December. This includes the cities of Jacksonville, Tampa and Orlando.

After nearly 8.50 inches of rain fell in Miami during the first five days of December, the city has only received about 1.30 inches of rain since.

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The arrival of rain will also lead to the coolest air since early 2015 and a break from the record warmth during much of December 2015.

"Temperatures will be much cooler than what much of the state had experienced in much of December," Vallee said.

Temperatures will be below average across much of the state on Sunday and Monday.

Temperatures will range from the 50s and 60s across central Florida to the 70s across South Florida, a dramatic change from the 80s during most of December.

Dry conditions will return across much of the state into next week as a large area of high pressure builds across the eastern United States.

With an easterly flow present, spotty showers could develop across the eastern shoreline of Florida for much of next week.

Temperatures may not get out of the 60s on Monday from Jacksonville to Miami. Miami hasn't had a high temperature below 70 F since Feb. 20, 2015.

The next storm system to bring a round of rain to the state may not be until the end of next week.