Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

Sunny and Dry Conditions Today...Highs in the 70s...Minor River Flooding Continues Across the Panhandle...Moderate to High Risk of Rip Currents Forecast for Panhandle and Big Bend Beaches...

Updated 10:30 am EST Friday

Areas of patchy fog in the Western Panhandle and along the Central Gulf Coast will disperse by mid-morning making way for mostly sunny and dry conditions throughout the state today as a result of lingering high pressure. Winds from the southwest will allow for high temperatures to be slightly warmer than yesterday, with much of the state experiencing highs in the low 70s.

This evening, a dry cold front will drop down into the Gulf of Mexico, bringing with it cooler temperatures for the weekend for North and Central Florida, but no precipitation is expected with the system. Overnight lows are forecast to drop into the low to mid 40s for North Florida and the mid 50s for Central and South Florida.

Increasing southwest winds and 3-5 foot breakers will produce a moderate to high rip current risk for all Panhandle and Big Bend beaches today. All other beaches should experience a low risk of rip currents. 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. Click here for more info.

Minor river flooding continues in the Panhandle.

The Apalachicola River at Blountstown and the Choctawhatchee River at Bruce are currently in minor flood stage. The Apalachicola is forecast to fall below flood stage Saturday morning. The Choctawhatchee is expected to fall below flood stage during the day on Saturday. Other rivers in the area are in action stage, but they are falling and none are currently expected to reach flood stage.

Only up to an inch of rainfall is expected over the next seven days for the Panhandle.

For more information please visit the Southeast River Forecast Centerís website, http://www.srh.noaa.gov/serfc/.

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