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...Warm With Mostly Sunny Conditions for the Peninsula...Scattered Showers And Thunderstorms forecast in Northwest Florida...Some Storms Could Become Strong to Severe as a marginal Risk for Severe Weather is forecast for Northwest Florida...High Risk of Rip Currents For Panhandle and Atlantic Coast Beaches...Updated 8:45 am EDT Wednesday
Increased moisture and an approaching weather disturbance from the west will elevate rain chances in Northwest Florida during the early afternoon through late evening hours. There is a marginal risk for severe weather for the Panhandle and Suwannee Valley as some isolated storms will have the potential to become strong to marginally severe. Straight line winds will be the primary threat with today’s storms, as widespread rainfall totals are not forecast to be high enough to produce widespread flooding concerns. However, storms will have the potential to be slow moving and this could cause isolated locations within the marginal threat area to receive locally heavy rainfall that could cause flooding to low lying roads and urban areas.
In the Peninsula, strong easterly winds will push the seabreeze quickly to the west coast pinning any showers and storms that do form to coastal location in the late afternoon through late evening hours. Otherwise, a dry and sunny day is forecast across the Northeast, Central and South Florida with rain chances confined to the west coast of the Peninsula in the 20% to 30% range. While no severe weather is forecast in the Peninsula today, isolated storms along the west coast could become strong with lightning and gusty winds being the main threats, however, and isolated waterspout cannot be completely ruled out.
Overnight, showers and storms are forecast to wind-down in the late evening to early morning hours across the Panhandle. Increased moisture left behind by these showers combined with light winds will allow for patchy fog to form across North Florida.
Breezy onshore winds will create a moderate risk of rip current from Nassau to Martin county along the Atlantic coast of Florida and in the Panhandle from Franklin to Escambia county. Breezy conditions combined with increased wave heights in the 4 to 5 foot range will create a high risk of rip currents current in Southeast Florida from Palm Beach to Miami-Dade county. Elsewhere a low risk of rip currents is forecast. 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.
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