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Moderate Risk of Rip Currents Along Panhandle and Southeast Florida Beaches... Increased Rain Chances Today Across Panhandle... Highs in the Mid 80s to Mid 90s... Heat Indices Could Approach 100 Across Interior Peninsula...Updated 9:20 am EDT Thursday
An upper level disturbance will help generate a more active sea breeze across North Florida today that will increase chances for showers and thunderstorms this morning and afternoon. Central and South Florida will experience fairly normal rain coverage for this time of year. Showers and storms should begin to fire up along the West Coast and Western Panhandle during the late morning before moving eastward and becoming more widespread throughout the afternoon. Some of these storms may become strong to severe, with the main threats being gusty winds and frequent lightning.
High temperatures will range from the mid to upper 80s near the coast to the mid 90s across inland areas. Heat indices may approach 100 across the interior Peninsula, particularly in areas that do not receive any rain this afternoon. These temperatures are normal to slightly above normal for this time of year.
The main threat associated with storms today will be frequent lightning and gusty winds between 40 to 50mph.
Southwesterly winds will create a moderate risk of rip currents along Panhandle beaches from Escambia County to Franklin County and along the Southeast Florida Coast from Palm Beach County to Miami-Dade County. A low risk of rip currents is forecast for the rest of the state. 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.
No new tropical cyclones are expected to develop during the next 5 days. For more information on the tropics please visit the National Hurricane Center website here.
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