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Sunny and Warm Conditions Expected in the Panhandle....30-50% Chance for Scattered afternoon and evening Thunderstorms Across the Peninsula and Easterm Big bend.....Severe Weather Possible with Lightning, Gusty Winds, Hail, Possible Flooding...Flood Watch in Effect for Metro Southeast Florida...Updated 8:00 AM EDT Tuesday
Florida is currently situated just on the edge of the Bermuda High. This is allowing southeasterly winds to dominate most of the state, allowing Gulf and Atlantic moisture to induce seabreeze activity this afternoon. Today will be a similar setup across the state as yesterday with temperatures reaching the mid 90s in the inland regions of the panhandle and the upper 80s in most other locations. Expect early morning sunshine till thunderstorms move inland around 2pm to 8pm.
The worst thunderstorms are expected to be in the center of the state, where the east and west coat seabreezes collide and amplify. A few severe thunderstorm warnings were issued yesterday due to this collision and the same type of scenario is possible today. Lightening, strong straight line winds, as well as hail are not out of the question in isolated areas where the strongest storms develop. Ponding of water in low lying areas may occur, especially in regions that received heavy rainfall during yesterday’s storms.
Tonight lingering shower activity will begin to die down after sunset and foggy conditions may develop in low lying areas overnight. The combination of light and variable winds with the added moisture from daytime showers will help fog potential in West Central Florida and the Panhandle. Expect a warm and muggy night for most places with lows in the upper 60s and lower 70s.
There are no immediate fire weather concerns as humidity levels are well above critical levels. However, an isolated wildfire may develop due to lightening from today afternoon thunderstorms.
Rip current risks are expected to low for today. The greatest risk areas are along the Atlantic coast and Panhandle. The greatest concern being along piers and jetties. It is imperative that all swimmers know how to escape a rip current and remember that the safest beaches are the ones protected by lifeguards. More information can be found here.
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