Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

Scattered Showers in South Florida and the Keys Today...Mostly Sunny Skies in North and Central Florida...Decreasing Rain Chances Overnight, Most Areas Partly Cloudy to Mostly Clear...Moderate Risk of Rip Currents for Some Panhandle and East Coast Beaches Today...Moderate Fire Weather Threat in the Panhandle and the Big Bend Today...

Updated 9:30 A.M. EST Friday

The cold front that moved through North and Central Florida earlier this week is now located in South Florida. It will continue to slowly push south today. With plenty of moisture available, scattered showers have already developed in South Florida and the Keys this morning, and will continue throughout the day. The front will weaken today, and rain chances will decrease accordingly in South Florida beginning this evening. Otherwise, cloudy skies are expected today in South Florida and mostly sunny skies are expected in North and Central Florida. Highs will be in the upper 60s to mid 70s in North and Central Florida and in the upper 70s to lower 80s in South Florida.

Overnight, expect isolated showers to slowly diminish in South Florida and the Keys as the front continues to weaken. Patchy fog may develop in parts of South Florida early Saturday morning. Expect mostly cloudy skies in South Florida, mostly clear skies in Central Florida, and increasing clouds in North Florida. Lows will be in the mid to upper 40s in North Florida, in the lower 50s to lower 60s in Central Florida, and in the mid 60s to near 70 in South Florida.

A moderate fire weather threat is forecast for the Panhandle and the Big Bend today due to ongoing drought conditions and relative humidity near critical levels. There is a low fire weather threat in Northeast and Central Florida today due to low relative humidity. Gilchrist County has a burn ban in place.

A moderate risk of rip currents is forecast for Panhandle beaches from Walton County to Franklin County, and for East Coast beaches from Volusia County to Palm Beach County due to a small easterly swell. There is a low risk of rip currents at all other beaches in Florida 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.

Florida's ESF-18 is committed to engaging the private sector in disaster response.

The State’s response effort is initiated through the State Emergency Response Team (SERT), which is comprised of Governor-appointed Emergency Coordination Officers (ECO) from State agencies and volunteer organizations. Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18 Business, Industry, and Economic Stabilization integrates disaster response with private sector organizations. ESF 18 coordinates local, state and federal agency actions that provide immediate and short-term assistance for the private sector. Further, ESF 18 works with business and industry to identify available resources to meet the needs of the State and its citizens.

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

Mission of SERT and the Florida Division of Emergency Management