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Marginal Risk of Sever Weather for North Florida Today... Flood Watch Remains in Effect for Portions of West Central Florida... Flood Warnings Remain in Effect for Two Rivers and a Creek Currently in Minor Flood Stage... Moderate Rip Current Risk for the Florida East Coast from Volusia County to Martin County... Two Low Pressure Systems are being Monitored for Development by the National Hurricane Center...Updated 10:10 am EDT Thursday
Highs today are forecast to range from the upper 80s across the Peninsula to the mid 90s across the Panhandle. Although it will be humid, heat indices across the Panhandle are forecast to be just shy of heat advisory criteria (>108). These temperatures are still potentially dangerous for sensitive groups, and everyone is encouraged to seek immediate medical attention if a heat-related illness is suspected. Heat indices across the Peninsula are forecast to range from the upper 90s to low 100s.
Slightly less rainfall is expected across the state today, with generally sea breeze showers and thunderstorms expected during the late morning and afternoon. The atmosphere over North Florida is slightly more favorable than normal for the development of stronger storms, and therefore the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed North Florida in a Marginal Risk for severe weather today. The greatest threats associated with these storms will be gusty winds, frequent lightning, and locally heavy downpours.
A Flood Watch remains in effect through at least this evening for Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, and Hillsborough counties. Three Flood Warnings are currently in effect for two rivers and a creek (all currently in minor flood stage) in West Central Florida. None of these are forecast to reach moderate flood stage at this time. Three other river locations across the Peninsula are currently in action stage. You can find the latest updates on flood watches and warnings across West Central Florida here, and monitor river conditions and forecasts here.
Due to elevated wave heights from a low pressure system offshore, a moderate risk for rip currents along the Florida East Coast from Volusia County to Martin County. A low risk of rip currents is forecast for the rest of the state. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach patrol or beach warning flags for the latest surf conditions before entering the water. Always swim within sight of a lifeguard. For more information on rip currents click here.
A tropical wave that is located off the coast of Africa is currently producing a broad area of showers and thunderstorms. Development (if any) is expected to be slow as it moves to the west at around 15mph. This system has a 30% chance of development over the next 5 days. Another area of low pressure off the Florida East Coast is also producing some showers and thunderstorms. This system is expected to move northeastward parallel to the East Coast. It has a 10% chance of development over the next 5 days. Other than elevated rip current risks along the Florida East Coast, no impacts to Florida are expected at this time. For more information on the tropics please visit the National Hurricane Center website here.
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