Current Weather Outlook

Statewide weather outlook from Florida Division of Emergency Management Meteorology


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

...Cold Front Will Bring Relief From Heat And Humidity For North Florida Tomorrow...Scattered Showers and An Isolated Thunderstorm This Afternoon In North And South Florida...Elevated Rip Current Risk Continues At Panhandle And Atlantic Beaches...River Flooding Continues On The Chipola River...

Updated 8:45 A.M. EDT

A weak cold front is moving through North Florida today bringing cooler temperatures to the western Panhandle. Relief is still another day away from the rest of North Florida.    

Dense fog is dissipating this morning and will leave skies partly cloudy for the rest of the day. With the exception of the western Panhandle, temperatures will reach near 90 degrees mid-afternoon. Scattered showers and an isolated thunderstorm will develop across the Big Bend and Northeast Florida, with rain chances generally 20-30%. There is no threat for severe weather.

In the Peninsula, temperatures will be a few degrees warmer with the heat index reaching 98-103 degrees. Rain chances will generally be near 10% (only an isolated shower) except across Southwest Florida and the Keys.

A stray shower will remain possible overnight statewide, particularly in Northeast Florida. Skies will otherwise be clear. Low temperatures will be in the lower to middle 70s statewide.

Winds will be out of the north at 5-10 mph in North Florida. Winds across the Peninsula will be out of the east at 5-10 mph. Windy conditions are expected across the Keys.

No tropical development is expected in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, or Caribbean Sea over the next five days. For more information on the tropics, please visit the National Hurricane Center at

Onshore winds will continue to result in a moderate risk of rip currents for Northeast and East Central Florida Beaches. A high risk is forecast for Southeast Florida. The rip current risk remains high along parts of the Panhandle, specifically from Walton County to Franklin County with a moderate risk to the west. Wave heights will be around 1-3’ along all beaches. Remember, always swim within sight of a lifeguard. Rip currents can still occur on low risk days! For the latest rip current outlook, visit

A River Flood Warning remains in effect for the Chipola River at Altha. The river will have a second crest in moderate flood stage on Wednesday and Thursday. Impacts to CR 274 in Calhoun County, along with downstream homes in Scott’s Ferry should be expected through the middle of this week. Otherwise, little additional rainfall is expected in the region for the next 7 days. All other rivers are below flood stage, and are currently cresting or already receding. For more information on specific river stages, please visit the Southeast River Forecast Center here.

Lake Okeechobee average elevation is 14.19 feet, which is 0.86 feet below normal for this time of year.

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