Monday, December 7, 2009

Weather Outlook for Monday, December 7

A weak warm frontal boundary over the northern Bahamas will move slowly north today and Tuesday. A few isolated showers could move onshore over portions of Central Florida during the day today. A few showers may also be possible today and tonight across the far western Florida Panhandle as a cold frontal system moves east into the Mississippi Valley. Otherwise, high pressure extending southwest into the state from the Mid-Atlantic coast will result in dry conditions across much of the state today and tonight.

Light winds combined with increasing moisture may support areas of fog across much of the Florida Peninsula both Monday and Tuesday morning. Residents and visitors to these areas are encouraged to drive with extra caution in locations with reduced visibility due to fog.

Temperatures this afternoon will rise into the mid 60s to mid 70s across North Florida areas today, with upper 70s to low 80s forecast for Central and South Florida areas. Tonight, well above normal lows in the low 50s to low 60s are expected across North Florida. Lows in the 60s are also expected across mainland Central and South Florida, with lower 70s forecast for the Florida Keys tonight.

Ocean swells and onshore wind will result in a moderate risk of rip currents today along the Southeast Florida coast today.

A River Flood Warning continues for the Choctawhatchee River near Bruce and Caryville, the Apalachicola River near Blountstown and the St Marks River near Newport. Only minor flooding is forecasted at this time for all rivers.

A strong storm system will move east this week, bringing another cold front into the Southeastern U.S. on Wednesday. The cold front is expected to weaken as it moves across the Florida Panhandle, but there is a chance that some storms could become severe and contain gusty winds in excess of 60mph and possibly an isolated tornado. The Storm Prediction Center has placed the western Florida Panhandle in a slight risk area for severe weather on Wednesday.

Strong storms will also be possible across North and Central Florida areas as the front moves through. Floridians are encouraged to stay informed on this developing weather system.

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