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Slightly Lower Rain Chances For North FL Today...Some Storms Could Become Severe...Heavy Rainfall With Minor Flooding Possible In Inland Peninsula...Tropical Depression #2 Is Forecast To Weaken Over The Next 2 To 3 Days...

Updated 9:30 AM EDT Wednesday

The low pressure system that has been affecting the Florida Panhandle early this week has since pushed westward and drier air is filtering in behind it. In addition, some drier air is nosing into the Peninsula as high pressure over the Atlantic Ocean nudges westward and strengthens over Florida. This will still allow for scattered showers and storms to form along seabreeze boundaries this afternoon; however rain chances are slightly lower for today across North Florida in the 20% to 30% range. In Central and South Florida the seabreeze front will push inland during the early afternoon hours with shower and storm coverage increasing as it moves inland. Thus rain chances increase around the I-4 corridor and around Lake Okeechobee to 50%, while coastal portions of the Peninsula have slightly lower rain chances in the 20% to 30% range. Some storms may become strong this afternoon capable of frequent lightning, gusty winds, heavy downpours that could cause isolated nuisance flooding, as well as the possibility of an isolated waterspout.

A later start to shower and storm activity today will allow temperatures to climb into the low to mid 90s statewide. However, increased humidity levels will make it feel like the upper 90s to low 100s this afternoon.

Overnight, showers and storms across the peninsula should come to an end shortly after sunset; however a few lingering showers may persist across inland portions of the Peninsula into the late evening. Otherwise, a mostly to partly cloudy night with humid conditions is in store as low temperatures are forecast to drop into the lower 70s across North Florida and the mid to upper 70s across the Peninsula. In addition, patchy to locally dense fog may form across North and Central Florida late this evening and into the early morning hours in low lying and inland areas.

At the coast, onshore winds and disturbed weather across the Panhandle will increase the a moderate risk for rip currents across North Florida and East Central Florida today. The remaining Florida beaches will enjoy a low risk of rip currents. Dangerous rip currents, however, can still occur near piers and jetties, especially during low tide. For more information about rip current safety, visit here.

Tropical Depression Two is located about 480 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west-northwest near 20 mph. The depression has maximum sustained winds near 35 mph with gusts up to 46 mph. There has been little change in strength and the depression is forecasted to degenerate into an area of low pressure on Thursday. The next name on the Atlantic hurricane Season list of names is Bertha. For more information on this Storm and the tropics click here.

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