Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

...Slow Moving Cold Front to Spark Scattered to Numerous Showers and Thunderstorms in the Peninsula and Northeast Florida...More Isolated Rainfall is Expected in the Panhandle...Moderate Risk for Rip Currents for the Central East Coast...Heat Index Between 100 and 105 Degrees in Central Florida...No New Tropical Cyclone Activity Expected For Next Five Days...

Updated 9:00 A.M. EDT Monday

Thunderstorm IconThis morning, a cold front is nearly stationary over North Florida and will slowly drift southeast later in the day. Along and south of the front, moisture will remain abundant. This, along with the coastal sea breezes moving inland today will spark numerous showers and thunderstorms in Northeast, Central, and South Florida. Some storms may bring heavy rainfall and frequent lightning. As any thunderstorms today will be slow moving, minor, localized flooding may become a concern in urban and low-lying areas. With some drier air behind the front, showers and thunderstorms will be much more isolated in the Panhandle and western Big Bend. Otherwise, partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected today. Highs will be in the upper 80s in the Panhandle, Big Bend, and South Florida and in the lower 90s elsewhere. Heat index values around 100 degrees are possible in the afternoon in parts of Central Florida.

Showers and storms are expected to come to an end by early tonight, leaving partly to mostly cloudy skies and dry conditions for most overnight. Some lingering showers and storms may still remain in parts of Central Florida and the coastal regions. Fog may develop in parts of North Florida early Tuesday morning, but will dissipate shortly after sunrise. Lows tonight will be in the low 70s in North Florida and in the mid to upper 70s in Central and South Florida.

A moderate risk for rip currents is expected along the East Coast today from Martin County to Flagler County. Winds will be light, but onshore at 5-10 mph. Wave heights will be from 2-3. A low risk of rip currents is expected elsewhere where winds will be calm and wave heights less than 2.

There are a couple of tropical waves in the Atlantic Basic. However, none of these are of any interest at this time. Tropical cyclone development in the Atlantic is not expected during the next five days. For more information on the tropics, please visit the National Hurricane Center website at hurricanes.gov.

Heavy rainfall across North Florida yesterday has limited the fire threat there. Scattered rainfall continues to bring long-term drought relief and keep soil moisture high in the Peninsula. Winds will be light and humidity high, also limiting the wildfire threat. Lightning activity will be moderate again in most regions today. There are no red flag warnings today. Only one county which does not have a year-round burn ban, Charlotte, continues to have 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.

Mission of SERT and the Florida Division of Emergency Management