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Unusually Hot and Dry Through Friday

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- Unusually dry air (for this time of year) has arrived
- Below average rain chances through Thursday
- Typical summer pattern resumes by the weekend



It will be unusually hot and dry from Tallahassee to Miami over the next three days. Floridians are no strangers to the July heat. It's the lack of rainfall, however, that's been most notable. The afternoon showers and storms that develop each day this time of year usually cool us off. Over the next three days, there will be less sea breeze storms and much more heat. This is a pattern that has been repeated for long periods of time on more than one occasion this summer.

The National Weather Service in Jacksonville syas many cities in North Florida are having a "top ten" warm or dry month of July.

The National Weather Service in Jacksonville syas many cities in North Florida are having a "top ten" warm or dry month of July.

An unusually dry airmass has arrived and will significantly drop rain chances. This air mass, coupled with the sinking air from higher pressure, will suppress afternoon convection. An isolated storm or two will be possible in a few spots, but coverage will be much lower than usual.

Fewer storms developing will allow temperatures to rise to the low to the mid 90s and stay there. Although drier air will be present, the heat index will still be a factor. Most areas from the panhandle down to the southern tip of the state will feel like the triple digits each afternoon. Hydration and limited time outdoors are highly recommended.

The dry spell will be short lived. Deeper moisture will begin to advect into the region late Friday bringing rain chances back to normal just in time for the weekend.


Sources include nearest National Weather Service office, National Hurricane Center, and the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (@FloridaStorms).
Sources include nearby emergency management agencies, FEMA, and your local NPR affiliate. 
Sources include the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Highway Patrol and other nearby traffic information.

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