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Passing Cold Front Will Keep North and Central Florida Sunny and a Little Less Humid...Showers and Thunderstorms Expected for South Florida Ahead of Front...East Coast Sea Breeze May Bring Showers & Storms to North East and East Central Florida ...Heat Indices Between 100 & 105 for South Florida...93L Has a 70% Chance of Cyclone Formation in the Next 48 Hours...Updated 11:25 AM EDT Wednesday
Dry air behind the front will limit any shower or thunderstorm development today for North Florida and portions of Central Florida. If any rain were to develop in these regions it would be along the Atlantic Coast sea breeze near or east of the I-95 corridor. Otherwise, expect to see mostly sunny skies.
A front has stalled out south of the I-4 Corridor. A line of showers and thunderstorms ahead of the front have developed over the Gulf Coastal waters and are continuing to move into Southwest Florida this morning. Showers and thunderstorms will transition into the interior and east coast this afternoon. The primary risk with these storms will be lightning strikes, gusty winds, and locally heavy rain leading to isolated street flooding.
High temperatures today will remain seasonal with temperatures near the coast ranging from the mid to upper 80s and inland areas seeing temperatures in the lower 90s. However the combination of high temperatures and humidity will produce heat indices between 100 and 105 degrees across most of South Florida this afternoon. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, try and stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
A southwesterly swell along the Panhandle coast will keep breakers in the 1 to 2 foot range for today. This will keep the rip current risk elevated to moderate levels from Walton to Gulf County. The remaining Florida beaches will enjoy a low risk of rip currents for today. However, rip currents may still form on low risk days especially near piers, jetties, inlets, and during outgoing tide cycles. For more information about rip current safety, visit here.
An area of low pressure located 1150 miles east of the Southern Windward Islands has a well-defined center of circulation but continues to lack significant shower and thunderstorm development this morning. If this system, designated as 93L, begins to produce a more organized area of thunderstorms it could be named a tropical depression later today or tomorrow. Environmental conditions are expected to be favorable for gradual development of this disturbance over the next several days while it moves generally westward near 15 mph. As a result, the National Hurricane Center has placed 93Ls chances for development a 70% chance (high) in the next 48 hours. It is still too early to predict the extended path and intensity of the storm, however, most models agree on a track towards the west-northwest over the next 24 to 48 hours before the system reaches the Eastern Caribbean over the weekend. The next name on the Atlantic hurricane Season list of names is Bertha. For more information on this Storm and the tropics click here. For the latest information, visit here.
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