Monday, December 21, 2009

Weather Update for Monday, December 21




High pressure will move into North Florida today from the gulf and cause another chilly day across the state. Moisture in the upper levels of the Caribbean is causing thick high level clouds to funnel into Central and South Florida which will act to keep the regions even cooler than previously forecast. Chances of rain are extremely limited statewide today and severe weather is not expected.


Tonight, temperatures will once again drop below the freezing point across the Florida Big Bend, Northeast Florida, and northern parts of West-Central Florida and another widespread freeze is expected. A Freeze Watch is in effect for these areas tonight and the Florida Big Bend will likely be under a Freeze Warning as well. Any sensitive vegetation should be brought inside in these regions.


High temperatures today will reach the upper 50s across North Florida, low 60s across Central Florida, and mid to upper 60s across South Florida. Overnight lows will drop to the upper 30s across the western panhandle, upper 20s across the Florida Big Bend, low 30s across Northeast Florida, low 40s across Central Florida, and upper 40s to low 50s across South Florida.
A red flag warning is in effect for panhandle, Florida Big Bend, and West-Central FL due to expected long durations of low relative humidity.


River flooding continues across Northwest Florida, but only one river location is currently above minor flood stage. Conditions are improving and river levels are falling, but river flood warnings continue for several counties. River locations that are still flooding are: Escambia River at Century, Choctawhatchee River at Caryville and Bruce, Apalachicola River at Blountstown and Woodruff Dam, and the Aucilla River at Lamont.Please remember to never drive through flooded roadways as most flood-related deaths occur within automobiles.


ALWAYS TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN. Click here to view river status .
There is a moderate rip current risk for East-Central Florida beaches from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM EST this afternoon. Be sure to check local conditions when arriving to beaches in this region today.



To access the latest watches, warnings, and advisories from the National Weather Service for your county, please click here.

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