Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

...Isolated Showers and Thunderstorms for Parts of the State Today...Cold Front Moves Into the Western Panhandle Tonight...Isolated Severe Weather and Heavy rain Possible...High Wildfire Weather Threat for the Peninsula and Northeast Florida Today...High Rip Current Risk for the Panhandle and Some East Coast Beaches Today...

Updated 9:00 A.M. EDT Sunday

Thunderstorm IconSkies are mostly sunny across the Big Bend region of the state, with partly to mostly cloudy skies in the Peninsula and western Panhandle. Some more sunshine is possible across the Peninsula this afternoon, but clouds will be on the increase in the Panhandle and Big Bend as our next storm system approaches.

The next cold front is tracking through Louisiana this morning but will not reach Florida until late tonight into tomorrow. For today, the gusty southeast winds from the past few days will continue. The strongest winds will be in the western Panhandle where a Wind Advisory is in effect. There, winds may gust over 35 mph. Winds may gust to 30 mph along the coast in Southeast Florida. These gusty winds and the ongoing drought conditions will keep the wildfire threat elevated again today.

With the development of the sea breeze this afternoon along the Gulf Coast, some showers and an isolated thunderstorm may develop, especially along the Nature Coast and Big Bend (From Tampa to Tallahassee). Isolated showers are possible today across the rest of the Peninsula. After sunset this evening, a cold front will be nearing the western Panhandle. A line of thunderstorms will likely be ongoing and will track into Escambia and Santa Rosa as early as 8pm CDT, but most likely not until the midnight hour. Localized damaging winds, small hail, and a brief tornado canít be ruled out. However, the best threat for severe weather will be north and west of the state. Rainfall amounts will be from 1-2".

A high wildfire threat is forecast today across most of the Peninsula and Northeast Florida. A moderate wildfire threat is expected elsewhere. This afternoon, relative humidity values may drop to as low as 35% for a couple of hours across inland locations in the Peninsula. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect from 2pm to 7pm for Collier County. Winds will be southeast at 15-20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Sea breezes will develop this afternoon that may lead to localized wind shifts along the Gulf Coast. Winds will continue to be breezy overnight. Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, St. Lucie, Seminole, Union, and Volusia counties currently have burn bans in place.

A high risk for rip currents is forecast for Panhandle beaches and for East Coast beaches from Palm Beach County to Miami-Dade County. In the Panhandle, wave heights will be 5-8' with onshore winds at 15-25 mph. A High Surf Advisory and a Coastal Flood Advisory are also in effect for beaches in Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties in the Panhandle as localized beach erosion is possible with the high surf and flooding of low areas along the shore during high tide is likely. A moderate risk for rip currents is forecast for all other East Coast beaches. A low risk for rip currents is expected at all other Florida beaches today. Remember, rip currents can still occur on low risk days!

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