'Lots of rain' in the forecast

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM.

The rainy pattern that sets up across the Panhandle today will spread South and East bringing greater rain chances to the rest of the state on Wednesday and Thursday. The bulk of the heavy rain will remain in the Florida Panhandle due to the placement of an upper level low-pressure system, a stalling surface front, and approaching disturbance from the Midwest.

These three weather systems will create a very wet and rainy pattern for North Florida throughout the next five days. A chance for flooding of roads and low-lying areas is also possible today and through the remainder of the week in the Florida Panhandle due to consecutive days of heavy rain.

Wednesday’s rain chances are 60-70 percent in the Panhandle, 50 percent for the rest of North Florida, and 20-30 percent in Central and South Florida. On Thursday rain chances increase statewide due to the weather pattern mentioned above in North Florida and the approaching tropical moisture from the Caribbean.

Statewide rain chances are between 40 percent and 70 percent with the greatest chances in South, West Central, and North Florida. Overnight on Wednesday and Thursday showers and thunderstorms will diminish by midnight; however lingering showers are possible in the Panhandle on both nights.

Tuesday and Wednesday will produce partly sunny skies for much of the state through the mid afternoon. This will keep temperatures in the mid 90s inland and lower 90s along the coast with heat indices near 100-105. By Thursday temperatures will be more moderate due to mostly cloudy skies and rainy weather. Highs in the upper 80s are forecast in North and South Florida with low 90s in the Central part of the state. Overnight temperatures will be seasonal each night with lows in the mid 70s inland with upper 70s to near 80 degrees along the coast.

Friday-Saturday:

Friday and Saturdays forecast is a bit tricky and heavily dependent on how things progress in the Tropics. The current forecast calls for a rainy start to the weekend, especially in North Florida. The upper level low is forecast to remain over the Southern U.S. throughout the weekend. In addition a stalled surface front In North Florida will help provide added moisture and disturbed weather to this scenario, only to be enhanced by a surface low-pressure system forecast to form in the lower Mississippi Valley on Saturday. With all of these rain makers so close to Florida confidence in a very wet Friday and Saturday is high.



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