Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

...Dry Conditions Expected Statewide Today...Partly Cloudy Skies in the Panhandle and Mostly Sunny Skies in the Peninsula...Some High Temperature Records May be Tied or Broken Today...***HIGH*** Fire Weather Threat for the Peninsula and Northeast Florida Today...High Rip Current Risk for Many Panhandle and Some East Coast Beaches Today...Moderate Rip Current Risk for All Other East Coast and Panhandle Beaches...

Updated 10:00 A.M. EDT Saturday

High pressure over the region will keep Florida dry and warm again today. The highest rain chance in the state is around 10% in the Keys, where a stray shower may be seen. Otherwise, expect partly cloudy skies in the Panhandle and mostly sunny skies in the Peninsula. Winds will increase to 15-20 mph this afternoon in parts of Central and South Florida and the western Panhandle, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Highs will be in the lower to mid 80s along the coasts and in the upper 80s to mid 90s elsewhere; some places may approach or set record highs again today. Overnight, a stray shower remains possible in the Keys and along the Southeast Florida coast. Otherwise, expect dry conditions statewide under partly cloudy skies in the Peninsula and mostly cloudy skies in the Panhandle. Lows will be in the upper 60s to lower 70s in North Florida and inland Central Florida and in the mid to upper 70s in coastal Central Florida and South Florida.

A ***HIGH*** wildfire threat continues today throughout the Peninsula and Northeast Florida due to ongoing drought conditions in parts of Central and South Florida, dry soils, warm temperatures, and easterly to southeasterly winds increasing to 15-20 mph in parts of those regions this afternoon with gusts as high as 25 mph. Sea breezes that develop this afternoon may lead to localized wind shifts. Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Polk, Putnam, St. Lucie, Sarasota, Seminole, Union, and Volusia counties currently have burn bans in place.

A high risk for rip currents is forecast for Panhandle beaches from Escambia County to Bay County and for East Coast beaches from Palm Beach County to Miami-Dade County due to wave heights up to 4 or 5 feet and breezy onshore winds around 20 mph this afternoon. A High Surf Advisory and a Coastal Flood Advisory are also in effect for beaches in Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties in the Panhandle as localized beach erosion is possible with the high surf and flooding of low areas along the shore during high tide is likely. A moderate risk for rip currents is forecast for all other East Coast beaches and for beaches in Gulf and Franklin counties in the Panhandle. A low risk for rip currents is expected at all other Florida beaches today. Remember, rip currents can still occur on low risk days!

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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