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...Cold Front has Moved Well Offshore, Breezy Conditions Expected Today...Dry Air Moving Back in Place...High Fire Threat for Peninsula and Northeast Florida Today...High Rip Current Risk for Some Gulf Coast Beaches...Updated 9:00 A.M. EDT Tuesday
Yesterday’s cold front has now cleared the state and is moving well offshore. Skies are mostly sunny this morning in most locations, as dry air is moving into the region. Plenty of sunshine today will keep temperatures warmer than yesterday, reaching the upper 70s to lower 80s statewide which is near average for this time of year. No rainfall is expected today. Winds will be west at 10-15 mph with some gusts to 20 mph. Across inland locations, relative humidity values may drop to near 30% for a few hours this afternoon. Conditions this afternoon will once again favor the rapid spreading of wildfires, especially in locations that did not receive any or little rainfall this past weekend.
Tonight, winds will die down to 5-10 mph after sunset. Low temperatures will fall into the 50s inland and 60s along the coast under clear skies. Visibility may be reduced in the vicinity of any ongoing wildfires tonight, particularly between midnight until shortly after sunrise.
A high wildfire threat is forecast today across the Peninsula and Northeast Florida. A moderate wildfire threat is expected elsewhere. With dry air back in place, relative humidity values may drop to as low as 30% for a couple of hours this afternoon across inland locations. Winds will be west at 10-15 mph with gusts to 20 mph. Winds are expected to die down tonight, to less than 10 mph in most locations. A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 11am to 8pm for Glades and Hendry County, with a Fire Weather Watch for Collier County. Baker, Brevard, Citrus, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Lake, Levy, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, St. Lucie, and Seminole counties currently have burn bans in place.
Onshore winds will lead to a high risk for rip currents is forecast for Gulf Coast beaches between Pinellas and Lee County. A moderate risk for rip currents is forecast for Atlantic beaches between Volusia and Martin County, Southwest Florida, the Eastern Panhandle, and parts of the Big Bend. Wave heights will be from 2-3’ along the Gulf Coast, and 2-4’ along the Atlantic. A low risk for rip currents is expected at all other Florida beaches today. Remember, rip currents can still occur on low risk days!
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