Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

...Dry Cold Frontal Passage, High Pressure Leads to Dry Conditions Today...Moderate Risk of Rip Currents Expected at Most Panhandle Beaches...

Updated 10:15 A.M. EST Friday

A dry cold front will advance southward through North and Central Florida, reaching northern portions of South Florida overnight. With the exception of a possible stray shower in Central Florida, dry conditions will prevail statewide. Skies today will be mostly cloudy in North Florida, partly cloudy in Central Florida, and mostly sunny in South Florida. Highs will only reach the mid 50s to lower 60s in the western half of the Panhandle and the mid 60s in the Big Bend. Elsewhere, highs will range from near 70 to the mid 70s.

Overnight, dry conditions will continue throughout the state as the front advances and high pressure builds in behind the front. Skies will remain mostly cloudy in North Florida and will be partly cloudy elsewhere. Patchy fog may develop over portions of Central and Southwest Florida early Saturday morning. Lows will be in the upper 30s to lower 40s in the Panhandle and the Big Bend and will range from the mid 40s to lower 60s north to south in the Peninsula.

A moderate risk for rip currents is forecast for Panhandle beaches from Walton County to Franklin County due to 10-15 mph offshore winds and wave heights up to 2 feet. A low risk of rip currents is expected at all other Florida beaches 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.

While a few river gages in Northeast Florida are in action stage this morning, no river or waterway is in flood stage. For more information on specific river stages, please visit the Southeast River Forecast Center here.

Fire Icon There is no fire weather threat in Florida today as relative humidity values will be well above critical values and winds will generally be less than 10 mph. With the exception of those counties with a year-round ban, there are no counties with a burn ban in place.

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.

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