Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

Scattered Showers and Storms Expected Statewide...Heat Index Values Between 100-105F Possible in Parts of North, East Central, South Florida...No Tropical Development Expected Over the Next Five Days...Moderate Risk for Rip Currents at Some Panhandle Beaches...

Updated 9:45 A.M. Friday

A stationary front stretches from northern Georgia to the central Gulf Coast. On the eastern side of the front, southwesterly flow is bringing plenty of moisture to Florida. Showers and storms are moving through the Panhandle this morning, and as daytime heating increases throughout the morning, expect scattered showers and storms to continue to develop across the state. Activity in South Florida is not expected to begin until the sea breezes develop in the afternoon. Gusty winds and small hail are possible with any storms. While some showers and storms could linger overnight along the Nature Coast and South Florida, most activity should some to an end in the early to late evening. Mostly cloudy to cloudy skies are otherwise expected across the state today, with partly to mostly cloudy skies overnight.

High temperatures today will range from the upper 80s to mid 90s statewide. Heat index values above 100 degrees are forecast this afternoon for parts of Northwest, east Central and South Florida. Lows tonight will range from the lower 70s to near 80, slightly cooler inland than along the coast.

Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses. To stay safe from heat related illnesses, limit strenuous outdoor activities, wear lightweight and light-colored clothing, stay hydrated and take frequent breaks in the shade as much as possible. NEVER leave children, persons with disabilities or pets in a car without an adult. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate. The phrase “Look Before You Lock” could save lives.

Southwesterly winds around 10 mph will produce a moderate risk of rip currents for Panhandle beaches from Walton County to Franklin County today. A low risk of rip currents is expected for all other beaches in Florida. Rip currents can still occur on low risk days. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach rescue for the latest surf conditions and to always swim within sight of a lifeguard.

Tropical cyclone activity is not expected within the next 5 days. For more information from the National Hurricane Center, click here.

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Working together to ensure that Florida is prepared to respond to emergencies, recover from them, and mitigate against their impacts.

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