'Lots of rain' in the forecast

5-day weather forecast
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM.


The rest of the week and into the weekend’s weather forecast for the Panhandle has been summed up as “lots of rain,” by Tiffany Hersey, Deputy State Meteorologist for the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

“Upper level low persists over the Southern U.S. through next week,” wrote Hersey. “There’s a stalled surface front in North Florida that stirs up rain chances; there’s an approaching disturbance from Mississippi Valley that adds to the rainfall totals; tropical moisture brings more rain to the State; and moderate rip current risk for some Florida beaches.”

5-day Weather Forecast

Tuesday - Thursday:

Dry air across Central and South Florida will keep afternoon thunderstorms to a minimum on Tuesday. Forecasted rain chances are between 0 percent and 30 percent, with the greatest chances along the West Central Coast and spine of the Peninsula. However, the Florida Panhandle will have an active sea breeze day as thunderstorms are fired off by an approaching front. The current forecast in this region of Florida calls for 40-60 percent chance of rain this afternoon with the heaviest rain occurring in the Western Panhandle.

This leaves the Panhandle with a high threat for lightning and gusty winds in some of the stronger storms that develop. Overnight rain chances across much of the state will dwindle by 8pm, however in the Panhandle lingering showers will persist throughout the night. Especially near the coast where a 50 percent chance for rain overnight exists.

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