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...Sunny And Dry Day for Most...Cold Front brings Risk for Severe Weather this afternoon in the Panhandle...Lightning, hail, and gusty straight line winds will be the main concerns...Conditions Improve for North Florida tonight...Moderate Risk Of Rip Currents At Most Of The Panhandle Beaches...Updated 10:00 am EDT Monday March 30
In North Florida: Mostly sunny conditions will turn to a mix of sun and clouds later today as a cold front pushes southward into the area. This front is forecast to reach the Panhandle this afternoon and bring the potential for isolated severe weather in some of the thunderstorms that form. Gusty winds between 40 to 60 mph, frequent lightning, and hail will be the main threats with the storms across the Panhandle today. A marginal risk for severe weather is in effect for the Western Panhandle, where the strongest storms are forecast to develop. Showers and storms across the Panhandle are forecast to dwindle after sunset without the heat of the day to sustain further development. Rain chances for today range from 30 to 50% across the Panhandle decreasing to a near zero percent chance in the Suwannee Valley and Northeast Florida. Overnight, rain chances decrease in the Panhandle as showers and storms associated with the cold front push into Northeast Florida where a 20% chance for rain is forecast, however, the overall severe weather threat is forecast to diminish at this time. Mostly cloudy conditions are forecast to prevail overnight with the potential for isolated patchy fog to develop. Low temperatures will range from the mid to upper 50s inland increasing to the lower 60s near the coast.
In Central and South Florida: Sunny skies are forecast as high pressure remains in place across the Peninsula. High temperatures will range from the mid to upper 70s during the day decreasing to the upper 50s to low 60s overnight.
Low relative humidity, winds in the 5 to 10 mph range, and drier soils will make it easy for fires to spread in the Peninsula. For this reason a moderate threat for fires is present across Central and South Florida. In North Florida, humidity levels will be too high for fire weather concerns.
Onshore winds during the afternoon hours will increase winds and wave heights along the Panhandle coast and increase the rip current risk from Escambia to Franklin County to a moderate risk. Along the east-central Florida coast onshore winds and wave heights in the 2 to 3 foot range will create a moderate risk of rip currents from Volusia to Martin County. A general low risk of rip currents is forecast elsewhere across the state. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach rescue for the latest surf conditions and not to enter the surf above your knees. Always Heed the advice of ocean rescue personnel and swim within sight of a lifeguard. For more information on rip currents click here.
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