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Drought, fire risk increasing this weekend. Latest on Hurricane Matthew.

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Good Friday!  While Florida continues to get strafed by Hurricane Matthew, we will see another warm, dry day with a mix of sun and clouds and a high of 87, eleven degrees above average. 

A cool front is going to move in late today into Saturday.  That will mean partly cloudy skies for the football games tonight with temperatures in the low 80s by kickoff.

Saturday we will see the front pass through, and after a morning low of 61, we will see winds increasing from the north at 10-20 mph.  That will bring in cooler and drier air allowing the high to reach only 80 degrees.  That is significantly cooler, but still about 5 degrees above average.  The humidity will also be lowering this weekend.  The continued drought along with the lower humidity will mean our risk for wildfires will be increasing a bit.  Be EXTRA mindful of burn bans and campfires this weekend.

Sunday the cooler air will have settled in.  The morning low will be in the upper 40s and low 50s.  We will have sunshine, light winds, and a high of 78. 

That will be the basic forecast through next week.  Lows will be in the low 50s.  Highs will get to about 80, and no rain is expected through all of next week.

For the latest, and to track Matthew interactively, download the WRCB weather app.     David Karnes

FRIDAY:

8am... Sunny, 59

Noon... Mostly Sunny, 76

5pm... Partly Cloudy, 87

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