Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

Scattered Showers and Storms Expected Statewide...Strong Storms Possible...Heat Index Values Up to 100-105F Possible Statewide...No Tropical Development Expected Over the Next Five Days...

Updated 8:45 AM EDT Sunday

Increased moisture combined with hot temperatures, a front to the north of the state and local seabreeze fronts will result in scattered shower and thunderstorm activity statewide. Storm activity could get an early start along the East Coast, but most of the activity should occur in the afternoon for the rest of the state. Widespread severe weather is not expected, but some storms could contain strong gusts to 60mph, frequent lightning and small hail. Most of the rain should dissipate by midnight, but a slight chance for showers could continue overnight near the coast.

The heat and humidity index will also be a concern as high temperatures reach the upper 80s to mid 90s near the coast and upper 90s inland, producing heat index values in the 100-105 range for much of the state this afternoon. Tonight, expect partly cloudy skies with mild lows in the 70s. Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses. To stay safe from heat related illnesses, limit strenuous outdoor activities, wear lightweight and light-colored clothing, stay hydrated and take frequent breaks in the shade as much as possible. NEVER leave children, persons with disabilities or pets in a car without an adult. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate. The phrase “Look Before You Lock” could save lives.

A low risk of rip currents is expected statewide. Rip currents can still occur on low risk days. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach rescue for the latest surf conditions and to always swim within sight of a lifeguard.

Tropical cyclone activity is not expected within the next 5 days. For more information from the National Hurricane Center, click here.

Florida's ESF-18 is committed to engaging the private sector in disaster response.

Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18 was developed as part of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) to integrate disaster response with private sector organizations. ESF-18 coordinates local, state, and federal agency actions that provide immediate and short-term assistance for the needs of business, industry, and economic stabilization. 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