Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

...Dry Conditions Statewide Today Under Mostly Sunny Skies...Moderate to High Risk for Rip Currents for All East Coast Beaches...Disturbance in the Caribbean Not Expected to Develop...

Updated 9:10 A.M. EST Friday

Patchy fog may be present this morning in parts of North Florida, but any fog should dissipate within the next hour or so. High pressure will be dominant over the region, leaving mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies and dry conditions statewide today. However, a few stray showers may affect coastal Southeast Florida and the Keys, but any rainfall accumulation will be light. Highs today will be in the lower to mid 70s in North Florida and in the upper 70s to near 80 in Central and South Florida. Overnight, the high pressure will begin to slide east, causing winds to become more southerly in the Panhandle. Dry conditions are expected statewide under mostly clear skies. Patchy fog may develop early Saturday morning in parts of Northeast Florida and the Peninsula. Lows tonight will range from the upper 40s to near 50 in parts of the Big Bend and Northeast Florida to the upper 60s to lower 70s in South Florida and the Keys.

A moderate to high threat for rip currents is forecast today for all East Coast beaches due to 10-15 mph north to northeast winds and wave heights of 2 to 4 feet. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach rescue for the latest surf conditions and to always swim within sight of a lifeguard. Remember, double red flags means the beach is closed.

The St. Johns River at Astor is in minor flood stage this morning, and will likely remain in minor flood stage for the next few days. The gages near DeLand and Sanford and above Lake Harney are below flood stage, but they remain in action stage. No additional river flooding issues are expected today. For more information on specific river stages, please visit the Southeast River Forecast Center here.

An elongated area of low pressure over the central Caribbean Sea continues to produce disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity this morning. Upper-level winds are expected to remain unfavorable, and significant development of this disturbance is not expected as it slowly drifts northward over the next few days. The NHC has given it a 20% (low) chance of development over the next five days. For the latest information on the tropics, please visit hurricanes.gov.

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