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...Taste of Fall in North Florida Today...Cold Front Moves Through Central Florida, Scattered Showers and Thunderstorms in the Peninsula Today...High Risk of Rip Currents for East Coast Beaches from Brevard County Northward...Updated 8:45 A.M. EDT Tuesday
Seasonable Autumn weather has finally arrived across North Florida. A cold front was located across Central Florida this morning and was still making some southward progress. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue along and to the south of the frontal boundary today. The best chance of rain will be along the Space Coast, where some periods of heavy rain may persist into tonight. Rainfall totals will generally be an inch or less today, except across Volusia and Brevard County where locally higher amounts as high at 4-5” are possible. Widespread severe weather is not expected today, but the strongest thunderstorms may contain gusty winds, frequent lightning, and heavy downpours. Behind the cold front, winds are breezy out of the northeast. The northeast winds will blow at 10-15 mph this afternoon with higher gusts along the immediate coast of Northeast Florida. There, Wind Advisories are in effect as wind gusts to 40 mph are possible.
Otherwise, skies will be mostly sunny across the Panhandle and partly to mostly cloudy across the Peninsula. Humidity is low in North Florida and it will make for a very comfortable day. High temperatures will only make it into the middle 70s in North Florida. High temperatures will still be in the 80s across Central and especially South Florida. Tonight will be cool across the Panhandle and Big Bend with low temperatures in the middle to upper 50s. Some inland, rural spots in the Panhandle may fall into the upper 40s tonight. Temperatures across Northeast and Central Florida will be in the 60s to near 70 and the 70s to low 80s across South Florida. Rain chances will continue overnight in the Peninsula, especially along coastal regions.
Invest area 92L is no longer expected to develop into a tropical system. The National Hurricane Center removed it from its outlook this morning. The system will merge with a cold front and race off into the North Atlantic as a non-tropical low pressure. High pressure building in across the eastern United States and high pressure over the Atlantic is limiting tropical activity. Tropical development is not expected during the next five days.
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River Flood Warnings continue for parts of the upper St. Johns and the lower Withlacoochee. Locally heavy rainfall along the Space Coast through tonight may cause minor flooding of low-lying and urban areas. A Flood Watch is in effect for Volusia and northern Brevard County. For more information on specific river stages, please visit the Southeast River Forecast Center here.
A high risk of rip currents is forecast for east Coast beaches from Brevard County northward. Onshore winds at 10-20 mph will create hazardous swimming conditions. Wave heights in Northeast Florida will be 6-8’. A moderate risk of rip currents is forecast today along some Panhandle beaches. Winds will be offshore at 10-15 mph but some frequent rip currents are still possible with wave heights from 2-3’. A low risk for rip currents is forecast for all other Florida beaches today. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach rescue for the latest surf conditions and to always swim within sight of a lifeguard. Remember, double red flags means the beach is closed.
National Weather Service
September 22, 2017 11:24