Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

Scattered Showers and Storms Expected in the southern Peninsula Today...Mostly Sunny Skies Expected in the Panhandle...Heat Index Values In The 100-105 Range in South Florida...Moderate Risk Of Rip Currents for Some Panhandle and East Coast Beaches...Gaston Weakened to Tropical Storm, And Is Not a Threat to Florida...A Disturbance Near Hispaniola and Central Bahamas Is Being Monitored For Tropical Development...

Updated 9:20 A.M. EDT Thursday

Easterly flow continues in the Peninsula, allowing for scattered showers and storms there today. South Florida in particular can expect isolated to scattered showers and some pop-up afternoon storms. Partly to mostly cloudy skies are otherwise expected in the Peninsula today. The Panhandle is receiving only some of the Atlantic moisture from an easterly flow. Although an isolated shower or storm cannot be ruled out, mostly sunny skies are expected. Expect mostly clear skies in the Panhandle and partly cloudy skies in the Peninsula.

High temperatures will range from the upper 80s in coastal regions, and lower 90s in Central and South Florida to the lower to mid 90s in North Florida. Heat index values between 100 and 105 degrees are expected this afternoon in parts South Florida. Overnight lows will range from the mid 70s to low 80s.

A moderate risk of rip currents is forecast for Panhandle beaches from Walton County to Wakulla County and for the Atlantic Coast beaches. There is a low risk of rip currents at all other Florida beaches today. 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.

A broad area of low pressure spread across eastern Cuba northward to the central Bahamas, Invest 99L, is causing concern for Hispaniola as it produces heavy rains and potential for flash floods and mud slides; however, it remains disorganized and it does not have a well-defined center of circulation. It has a 20% (low) chance of development over the next 48 hours and an 60% (medium) chance of development over the next five days. Wind shear and dry air are currently in its path, but conditions are expected to become more favorable for development by the end of the weekend and it could become a tropical depression sometime during the next few days. The Florida Keys and parts of South Florida may experience gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall due to the disturbance later this weekend. Also, Tropical Storm Gaston has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, and it is expected to strengthen back to hurricane status later this weekend. Gaston is not a threat to Florida. For more information from the National Hurricane Center, click here.

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