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Moderate Risk of Rip Currents Along Panhandle and Florida East Coast Beaches... Showers and Thunderstorms Expected Statewide... Highs in the Upper 80s to Mid 90s... Heat Indices Could Approach 100 Across the Interior Peninsula...

Updated 9:25 am EDT Saturday

The potential for rain increases across North Florida today with the return of moist southwesterly flow. The sea breeze is expected to generate showers and thunderstorms near the coast before moving inland and becoming more widespread throughout the afternoon. A disturbance moving into the Southeast US today may interact with these thunderstorms across North Florida later this afternoon and evening. Although the Storm Prediction Center has taken North Florida out of the Marginal Risk category, some of these storms may still become strong to severe, with the main threats being gusty winds, hail, and frequent lightning.

High pressure remains over Central Florida today, causing Central and South Florida’s weather to be much like yesterday’s with isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms. These storms will again develop along the coastal regions before moving inland during the afternoon. Some of these storms may briefly become strong to severe, with the main threats being gusty winds, frequent lightning, and small hail.

Across the entire state, any lingering showers and thunderstorms should begin to diminish after sunset due to the loss of daytime heating.

High temperatures today are forecast to range from the upper 80s near the coast to the mid 90s across inland areas. Heat indices may approach 100 across the interior Peninsula.

Due to onshore winds and elevated swell, there is a moderate risk of rip currents along Panhandle beaches from Escambia County to Franklin County and along the Florida East Coast from Nassau 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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