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Florida Braces for Onslaught of Rain Through End of July

The frequency of thunderstorms and the intensity of downpours will increase over much of Florida and will bring both the risk of flooding and beneficial rain through the end of July.

The combination of a stalled front, tropical moisture and a storm system forecast to develop overhead will produce a mosaic of showers and thunderstorms over the state on a daily basis.

Slow-Moving Storms to Produce Flood Threat for Florida

The pattern has the potential to unload 5-10 inches of rain over a broad area, with locally higher amounts possible in central and northern Florida. A few locations can receive several inches of rain on a daily basis.

Some of the winds in the storms can be strong enough to down tree limbs. A few waterspouts can form in coastal waters as well.

While the sandy soil in Florida allows accumulated water to settle into the ground rapidly, rainfall rates of 1-3 inches per hour can overwhelm storm drains, flood streets and linger for a time in low-lying areas.

The frequent and repeating downpours and thunderstorms are likely to disrupt outdoor activities ranging from golf and strolling through amusement parks to fishing and a day at the beach. The locally gusty and drenching storms can slow travel on the highways and could cause airline delays.

Even parts of the Florida east coast and the Keys will receive drenching from the weather pattern. Much of this area is experiencing moderate to severe drought.

The balance of the state has had near- to slightly below-average rainfall in recent weeks.

AccuWeather meteorologists will continue to monitor Florida waters for potential tropical development. The region could yield one or more tropical systems into early August.

Should a tropical system or two develop, potential impacts on Florida could include rough surf and strong rip currents in the coastal areas and large swells and gusty winds offshore.