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Strong and dangerous rip currents Friday along east coast beaches

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Forecasters are warning of a high risk of rip currents along east coast Florida beaches Friday. The rip current warning extends from Jacksonville south to Martin County. There is also a Small Craft Advisory in effect for Atlantic waters along the same area of the east coast as well, according to the National Weather Service Offices in Jacksonville and Melbourne. Forecasters warned small craft to “…exercise caution near shore.”

The rip currents expected Friday will be “…strong and dangerous…” as well as “…life threatening to anyone entering the chilly and rough surf”, according to the National Weather Service. After Friday, a moderate risk of rip currents is expected to continue into the first part of next week. Forecasters also predict “…occasional poor to hazardous marine conditions…” for small craft into the later part of next week.

Over the weekend, a low pressure system is also expected to bring a cold front to north Florida with scattered thunderstorms ahead of the frontal system Sunday afternoon.

For the Daytona Beach area Friday, the National Weather Service in Melbourne says skies will be cloudy, “…with a few light showers or sprinkles possible especially north of Interstate 4….” There is a 40 percent chance of rain in the area Friday and Friday night, with a high around 71 Friday and a low Friday night near 62. Winds will be north-northeast at around 5 miles per hour.

Click here to visit the National Weather Service in Melbourne website.

Click here to visit the National Weather Service in Jacksonville website.

You can contact this writer at mroyer5@yahoo.com

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