Florida will be far from the Sunshine State over the following days. Unfortunately, rain storms will be ruining the plans of many spring breakers who were traveling to Florida. Here is what you need to be aware of if you are going this way this week.
The rain will be a blessing for people anxious about the persistent drought in the state, but the dreary conditions will be an unfortunate detraction from the usual spring break migration. A cold front passing through the Southeast this weekend is the cause of this inclement weather for Florida.
As the front swept into the Florida Panhandle Friday afternoon, temperatures suddenly dropped. The front was also responsible for the creation of tornadoes and waterspouts in Walton and Bay counties.
As the front progresses, cities such as Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville are bracing for the potential of thunderstorms this weekend. Meanwhile, beachgoers in Daytona Beach will experience temperatures below the average for this time of year, accompanied by the possibility of rain.
Thunderstorms will move to the south over the coming days, eventually affecting areas such as Fort Myers and Naples. By Sunday, the southern part of the state should expect rain and storms, while Central Florida may be blessed with some dry weather.
Although this line of storms does not promise much in terms of intense weather, the possibility of experiencing lightning or thunder cannot be completely disregarded when planning outdoor activities.
Sunday and Monday may see temperatures dip as much as 20 degrees lower than the usual readings for the start of spring. Therefore, it is important to dress accordingly, particularly during the night and after dark.
Spring breakers on their way to Florida may be dismayed by the weather forecast, but it is a boon for the state's drought. According to the most recent report from the U.S. Drought Monitor, most of the peninsula is in a moderate drought or worse.
Orlando is deficient in rainfall by a minimum of 4 inches in 2023; usually, 6 inches would have been logged by now, but the city has only registered 1.99 inches. Tampa has endured an even more severe drought, tallying 2.25 inches this year instead of the historic 6.61 inches.
The forecast for Monday will see a decrease in moisture content for the state, yet the chill will take a bit longer to dissipate. As an illustration, Orlando will move from the low 60s on Sunday to a high of 70 degrees on Monday and eventually reach a temperature of 80 on Wednesday. Furthermore, the weekend may even experience readings surpassing 90 degrees in the Magic City.
People living in the southern part of Florida can count on rain showers and thunderstorms for most of the day. Expect the weather maker to be exiting the region by Tuesday. Until that time, be prepared for a variety of severe weather conditions.