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Friday Forecast

Published: Aug. 20, 2021 at 7:45 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 20, 2021 at 8:44 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Happy Friday everyone! It was a quiet start to the day, but the activity ramped up heading into the late afternoon for Northwest Florida.

A ridge of high pressure has been sitting just to the west of us today. So we’re not seeing as much sinking motion to the atmosphere as we did yesterday...one of the reasons it got so hot in the afternoon as sinking motion is a warming process. With the lack of suppression the ridge brings to the atmosphere, storms were able to develop. The ridge was also helping to send some moisture our way this afternoon. The clockwise flow around that high pressure led to moisture being pulled in from the north in a northerly/northwesterly flow. Storms moved in from the northwest towards the southeast this afternoon and into the early evening. Once we lost the heat of the day, most of the activity fizzled out, however, a stray storm is possible tonight. For the most part, we’ll see cloudy skies overhead with most the of the area staying dry.

Temperatures today topped out in the low to mid 90s with heat indexes in the 90s and 100s. Tonight’s temperatures will sit in the mid to upper 70s.

We’ll see a similar setup into Saturday. However, remnants from an old boundary to our north may help fire up more afternoon storms over the weekend. So let’s be sure to keep a weather eye to the sky if doing any afternoon activities.

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