While NOAA oil trajectories forecast oil patches to remain well south and west of Florida, with no direct oil impacts through at least Friday, scattered tarball fields already nearshore may continue to be carried onshore along the Panhandle coast.
Winds and currents may also push pockets of light sheen or tarmats eastward and the uncertainty line for possible oil extends east to around 25 miles south of Perdido Key by Friday. Offshore, no oil has been observed within or moving towards Eddy Franklin for over 4 weeks and there is no clear path for oil to enter the Florida Straits.
Winds over Florida waters are expected to be out of the northwest in the morning, shifting out of a general west direction in the afternoon from Wednesday through Friday. Winds should be 15 knots or less within 60 miles of the coastline each day, with waves less than 3 feet.
Mostly dry conditions are expected for much of the Panhandle today, though a few isolated afternoon showers will be possible over eastern areas. Rain chances will begin to increase again on Thursday and Friday to around 30-40% each day through the weekend.
Heat indices will be near 100-105 degrees along the shoreline through the next several days, though some isolated areas may reach as high as 108.
Also, significant tropical activity is not expected through Thursday.