'Lots of rain' in the forecast

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

Current forecasts call for a 50-60 percent chance of rain statewide on Friday. Saturday these rain chances will drop to 40-50 percent along the East Central and Southeast Florida coasts, while the rest of the state remains at a 50-60 percent chance. Mostly cloudy to cloudy skies will dominate the state on both days moderating temperatures. Forecasted highs are in the upper 80s. Places that do receive little glimpses of sunlight may reach the low 90s.

Overnight showers will dwindle by midnight for much of the state. Friday night North Florida may see some lingering shower activity with 50-60 percent rain chances. Lows will be seasonable in the mid 70s inland with upper 70s to near 80 degrees along the coast.

Rip Currents:

Onshore winds will generate a moderate risk of rip currents exists for Panhandle Beaches from Escambia County through Gulf County. This rip current risk is expected to linger through Saturday. If the system in the Caribbean develops, the rip current risks could increase to high levels by Friday and Saturday. Otherwise, the remaining Florida beaches will see a low risk of rip currents for the next 5 days.

Anyone who plans to enter the water should check their local rip current forecast before going to their destination. Remember that the safest beaches are the ones protected by lifeguards. Daily surf zone and rip current forecasts for all Florida beaches.

Drought & Fire Weather:

Although rainfall is expected to be rather light today, the increase in rainfall expected across Florida over the next five days will keep fire weather concerns at low levels for the next 5 days. According to the National Climatic Data Center, the Panhandle received record rainfall for the month of July, while the remainder of the State saw above average rainfall.

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