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...Partly Sunny Skies With Scattered Showers And Isolated Storms Along Northeast And Central Florida...Sunny Skies Along The Panhandle And South Florida...Moderate Rip Current Risk At Panhandle Beaches...Disturbance In The Tropics Has A Low Chance For Development...Updated 10:00 AM EDT Thursday
Florida Panhandle: Cooler and much drier air is gradually filtering into the Panhandle from the northwest in the wake of the frontal boundary. High temperatures will still be rather mild, with afternoon temperatures ranging from the mid 70s to the west to the lower 80s to the east. Overnight, a cooler airmass accompanied by mostly clear skies will allow temperatures to fall into the 40s for most locations away from the coast.
South Florida: High pressure will weaken and move southward today ahead of an approaching cold front. Light winds and clear skies are expected today and tonight with high temperatures in the low to mid 80s and overnight lows in the mid to upper 60s in South Florida and the mid to upper 70s along the Florida Keys.
Northeast & Central Florida: A weakening cold front will continue to slowly push southward and will stretch from Gainesville to Jacksonville by mid-day. Increasing moisture ahead of this boundary and sufficient daytime heating will lead to a chance for showers and possibly an isolated thunderstorm in Central Florida and portions of Northeast Florida today and tonight. Rainfall amounts will generally be light, less than a quarter of an inch, and no severe weather is expected. However, any storm that does develop will be capable of producing dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning. Cooler and drier conditions will begin to filter into Northeast Florida in the wake of the frontal boundary with high temperatures only reaching the mid to upper 70s today. Ahead of the frontal boundary, although rain is possible, partly sunny skies will prevail allowing temperatures to climb into the mid to upper 80s. Expect temperatures in Northeast and Central Florida, to be slightly cooler along the coast and a bit warmer across the interior.
Overnight, showers and storms should become concentrated over coastal waters ahead of the front with a slight chance over land in Central Florida. Overnight lows will range from the upper 40s west to mid 50s east in Northeast Florida and will range from the mid 50s north to upper 60s south in Central Florida.
Some residual 1 to 2 foot breakers will continue a moderate risk of dangerous rip currents at Panhandle beaches today from Escambia to Franklin County. Weather and ocean conditions will produce a low threat for the remainder of the Florida beaches. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach rescue for the latest surf conditions and not to enter the surf above your knees. Always Heed the advice of ocean rescue personnel and swim within sight of a lifeguard. For more information on rip currents click here.
A westward-moving area of low pressure, located just north of the Virgin Islands, is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms mainly to the northeast and north of the center. Upper-level winds are expected to remain unfavorable for tropical cyclone development while the system turns toward the northwest and north over the next couple of days. Therefore, the NHC has kept formation chances low, at 10%, through the next 48 hours and 5 days. For more information please click here.
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