A ridge of high pressure in the Gulf of Mexico kept most areas of North Florida dry on Saturday and Sunday, but with the dry weather came a surge in heat indices. Heat indices for both Saturday and Sunday in North Florida approached the 100 degree mark.
We’ll start off Monday dry once again with heat indices surging near or past 100 degrees as early as noon in parts of North Florida. Everyone spending time outdoors is encouraged to drink plenty of water, wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, and take frequent breaks in the shade. Heat indices are expected to remain at or near 100 degrees through the middle of this coming week.
Besides the heat, the WRUF Forecast team has been monitoring an area of low pressure off the coast of Florida for the past couple of days now. The low brought some isolated showers to North Florida on Sunday evening, and we will once more see some isolated showers from 2 to 9 pm here in North Florida on Monday.
The low is classified as Invest 91L by the National Hurricane Center, and has a high chance of development into a tropical depression by Monday or Tuesday afternoons. It has been moving southward, and as of now models depict heavy rainfall for portions of central and south Florida; however, some models show the system turning to the north by midweek, bringing heavy rain to North Florida as well. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the situation in the coming days here at the WRUF Weather center.