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LOCAL WEATHER: Lingering showers tonight, strong to severe storms this weekend.

Higher rain chances leading into the weekend as a front approaches.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — TONIGHT: Following several strong to severe storms on the First Coast Thursday afternoon a few residual showers continue to linger through this evening with warm and muggy conditions in place overnight. 

FRIDAY: An approaching front will help to boost shower and storm chances to end the work week. This is thanks to the southwest flow out of the Gulf along with a front approaching from the north. Expect scattered showers through the afternoon into the evening with a few strong thunderstorms.

SATURDAY:  A autumn like cold front will dip in across the First Coast ushering in strong to severe thunderstorms Saturday.  This will be the best day to be weather aware and have notifications set on your First Coast News App. 

Heavy rainfall and slow-moving cells will also produce the possibility on Saturday for localized flooding. 

SUNDAY: The front will continue to push south and with it the thunderstorm threat over I-4 and Central Florida. Cloudy skies and a few pockets of rainfall can not be ruled out closer to Jacksonville. 

TROPICS:  The National Hurricane Center has downgraded the area in the Eastern Atlantic to a 0% chance of development. Dry air and shear ripped this area apart to a point where further development is highly unlikely. 

There are no threats to the First Coast at this time. Keep checking back in for updates as we head into the busiest part of our Atlantic hurricane season.


 If you didn't get a chance to catch our hurricane special, you can watch it in its entirety right here. 

Tim Deegan, Chief Meteorologist at First Coast News, has been preparing the First Coast for hurricanes for over 40 years. 

First Coast News Meteorologist Lauren Rautenkranz sits down with Deegan in a special broadcast event, Hurricane Ready 2022: 40 Years of Forecastingto pick his brain about severe weather events and to discuss the upcoming Hurricane season.

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