Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

...A Few Isolated Showers and Storms Possible in Southeast Florida...Sunny to Partly Cloudy Skies and Dry Conditions Expected Elsewhere...HIGH Wildfire Threat Today in the Peninsula and Northeast Florida...Moderate Rip Current Risk for All Panhandle and Some East Coast Beaches...

Updated 8:05 A.M. EDT Saturday

High pressure over the southeast U.S. will lead to a warm and mostly dry day in Florida. A few isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible in Southeast Florida today, primarily in the afternoon when the Gulf and Atlantic sea breezes push inland and collide. Movement is expected to be slowly toward the east, and any showers or storms that develop are expected to diminish by this evening. Elsewhere in Florida, expect dry conditions along with sunny to partly cloudy skies. Highs today will range from the mid 80s to mid 90s, with the highest temperatures generally found away from the coasts. Heat index values near 100 degrees are possible this afternoon in Southeast Florida. Overnight, dry conditions are expected statewide under mostly clear to partly cloudy skies. Patchy fog may develop in parts of the Big Bend, Northeast Florida, and western Central Florida early Sunday morning. Lows tonight will range from the mid 60s to mid 70s, with the coolest temperatures in inland portions of the Big Bend, Northeast Florida, and the Peninsula.

A HIGH fire weather threat is forecast for the Peninsula and Northeast Florida due to ongoing drought conditions, warm temperatures, and low to critically low relative humidity in parts of those regions. Red Flag Warnings are in effect today for Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Orange, Polk, and Seminole counties, indicating that conditions can lead to extreme fire behavior. Also, a moderate fire weather threat is forecast for the rest of North Florida due to low relative humidity and elevated ERC values. 35 Florida counties continue to have burn bans in place.

A moderate risk for rip currents is forecast for all Panhandle beaches and East Coast beaches from Volusia County to Martin County due to winds around 10 mph, wave heights up to 2 feet, and a small swell along the East Coast. A low risk for rip currents is expected at all other Florida beaches today. Remember, rip currents can still occur on low risk days!

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