It's time to get that camping gear ready to go. The weather in North Florida will be perfect for a weekend camping trip to one of the area's many state parks. All of this is thanks to a dust storm traveling over 5,000 miles away.

A huge Saharan dust storm is making its way to Florida, and not only will it put a temporary plug on hurricane season, but will also afford outdoor enthusiasts a chance to actually enjoy a (relatively) rain-free weekend in the Sunshine State.

Seven-day forecasts for Jacksonville and Tallahassee calls for rain chances to be no more than 30% all throughout the weekend.

One consequence of fewer storms, however, is that temperatures will be increasingly hot and humid. Saturday's high temperature in Jacksonville will be 95 degrees, while Tallahassee's forecast to be at 93 degrees.

So you'll want to pack plenty of water if you're planning on taking advantage of this weekend, but it'll be worth it for what Mother Nature has in store.

Saharan dust storms will likely enhance Florida sunrises and sunsets over the weekend, giving a spectacular sky show for campers to enjoy the beauty of the Sunshine State.

Not only will the beauty be on display in the sky, but also in North Florida's ample state parks, which are open and will feature limited camping.

North Florida is home to some of the crown jewels of the state's park system. Maybe you'll want to pitch your tent at Grayton Beach State Park, which was recently ranked the best beach in America by the famed Dr. Beach.

Closer to Jacksonville there's Amelia Island State Park, a popular weekend spot for nature lovers who want to escape the hustle-and-bustle of the city. The park features camping and some of the best kayaking in the region.

Whichever state park you plan to visit, this weekend will provide the perfect weather to explore their beauty.

There aren't many rain-free weekends in Florida's hot-and-humid summers. For once, Mother Nature seems to be giving Floridians a break. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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