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Moderate Risk of Rip Currents Along Panhandle and East Central Florida Beaches... Reduced Rain Chances Today Across North Florida... Highs in the Mid 80s to Mid 90s... Heat Indices Could Approach 100 Across Peninsula...Updated 8:25 am EDT Frisday
High pressure continues to sit over Central Florida today, causing westerly winds over the northern half of the state and easterly winds across the southern half. These westerly winds and drier than normal air across North Florida today will help to suppress shower and thunderstorm activity to only around 20%. Central and South Florida will see a normal amount of sea breeze induced showers and thunderstorms. Storms will develop along the Nature Coast and West Central Florida beaches and move eastward, while storms developing along the Treasure Coast and Southeast Florida beaches will move across the state westward. As both groups of storms move inland, they will become more widespread and may even collide over inland Central Florida.
Some of these storms may become strong to severe, with the main threats being gusty winds and frequent lightning.
Highs today will range from the mid to upper 80s near the coast to the low to mid 90s inland. Heat indices may reach 100 across the Peninsula this afternoon.
There is a moderate risk of rip currents along Panhandle beaches from Escambia County to Franklin County and along the East Central Florida 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.
No new tropical cyclones are expected to develop during the next 5 days. For more information on the tropics please visit the National Hurricane Center website here.
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