If you’ve been counting down the days to beach lounging, BBQing, and other weekend celebrations, you may want to have an indoor contingency plan on back-up for this Fourth of July weekend. It's looking like The Sunshine State may be without its iconic namesake over the next couple of weeks. Central Florida's weather forecast shows 15 back-to-back days of anticipated thunderstorms, torrential rains, and even dangerous rip currents.
Florida summers mean random moments of the sky opening up and basically almost drowning the state for about an hour before the sun comes beating back down once again. That’s not new, and as Floridians, you may be pretty used to it by now.
However, the current forecast is calling for 15 straight days of thunderstorms and rain, so you may want to finish building that ark. The Weather Channel offers a hot and soggy 15-day prediction, with an 80-90% chance of storms across Central Florida for many of those days.
One might expect the rain to be that welcome reprieve from the heat waves that baked The Sunshine State this past week, but that may not be the case.
July 3 | Scattered to numerous storms will develop and push eastward across the area and offshore this afternoon, w… https://t.co/1zquu1Zuey— NWS Melbourne (@NWS Melbourne)1593770348.0
Temperatures aren't looking to cool off much, hovering around the low to mid-90s, with the possibility to recede to the 70s in the evenings.
The National Weather Service calls for much of the same, with menacing ocean conditions to boot. The Atlantic coast will see larger than normal swells that contribute to the pull of dangerous rip currents.
The NWS encourages beachgoers to swim within sight of a lifeguard, especially if you plan on hitting up the open sandy shores this holiday weekend.
Storms will be on the increase over the #Jacksonville Beaches, #Intracoastal West and northern St Johns County thro… https://t.co/Geaz1nZJpL— NWS Jacksonville (@NWS Jacksonville)1593735299.0
The National Weather Service cites the possibility for torrential downpours leading to flooding, cloud-to-ground lightning, and rough winds to also hit Central Florida stretching from Saturday to next Thursday.
The numerous thunderstorms come from a trough of low pressure across the northern part of the state, adding to humidity and daytime heat.
Storms over western #Nassau County, Fl will drop SE along Lem Turner Drive into the #Callahan and #Jacksonville In… https://t.co/jG5PCSy2LZ— NWS Jacksonville (@NWS Jacksonville)1593736414.0
The gusty winds as well as warm and moist air could lead to tropical storm formation. It never hurts to be prepared by keeping your hurricane list handy, and an eye out for weather updates. Stay safe out there!