Florida rainy season

Rainy Season Delayed, Fire Risk Continues in Florida

May 31, 2019

The arrival of Florida's rainy season has been delayed, and the state's fire danger continues to worsen.

Florida's skies are usually filled with darkening clouds and flashes of lightning this time of year. Instead, the smell of smoke and a milky haze have been observed in many areas. A historic heat wave and abnormally dry weather pattern have contributed to an environment favorable for the spread of fires, and conditions are not expected to improve much through early next week.


Subtropical Storm Alberto came ashore Monday afternoon in the Florida Panhandle near Laguna Beach, just west of Panama City Beach. The remnant circulation from the system will move through Alabama today, but plenty of tropical moisture remains across Florida this week. This will enhance the typical sea breeze showers and thunderstorms, leading to heavier rainfall rates at times and longer-lasting episodes of thunderstorms in the coming days.