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Cloudy Start For Most...Partly Sunny Conditions Expected Later in the Day...High Pressure Moves into Florida Today...Many Rivers are Continuing to Flood...Elevated Rip Current Risk for Atlantic Coast Beaches...Updated 9:30 AM EDT Sunday
A slow moving low pressure system off the Carolina coast is still providing enough moisture to create a stubborn layer of clouds over the state of Florida this morning. High pressure will advance eastward into the state throughout the day and the drier air will follow helping to erode away at this cloud layer throughout the day. Expect high temperatures to reach the low 70s in the Western Panhandle and mid to upper 70s across the Peninsula. Northeast Florida may remain the coolest throughout the day in the upper 60s to near 70s degrees under heavy cloud cover and light drizzle during the morning hours.
Recent rains across North Florida have caused several rivers to head into flood stage. Currently the Choctawhatchee River near Bruce-Ebro and the Santa Fe River at Three Rivers Estate are forecast to reach major flood stage later in the week. In addition, points along the Suwannee, Ochlockonee, St. Marks, and Chipola river basins are at or forecast to reach moderate flood stage over the next week. Eight other rivers across North Florida are forecast to crest at minor flood stage and several other area rivers remain in action stage. With no heavy rainfall in the forecast over the next week, forecasts for these rivers should be on track. For more details on rivers specific to your area please visit the Southeast River Forecast Center Webpage.
For tonight, partly cloudy skies will cover the state except in Northeast Florida where heavier cloud cover may still reside. Rain chances will remain near zero during the overnight hours as High Pressure Builds into the state of Florida. Low temperatures will dip into the low to mid 50s in North Florida, upper 50s to low 60s in Central Florida, and low to mid 60s in South Florida.
At the coast, winds and waves in association with the low pressure system will generate a high risk of rip currents Atlantic coast beaches from Nassau through Marti County. In addition,a moderate risk of rip currents exists across the Panhandle coast from Walton through Gulf County. Dangerous rip currents can still occur on low risk days near piers and jetties, especially during low tide. For more information about rip current safety, click here.
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