Drought conditions expand through Central Florida

Most of Central Florida more than three inches below normal in rainfall department

Drought Monitor

ORLANDO, Fla. – It’s been hot. It’s been dry. Now, per the latest drought update from the United States Department of Agriculture, nearly all of Central Florida is considered to be in a moderate drought.

For the entire state of Florida, moderate drought conditions expanded to 65%, up from 30% from last week’s drought update.

The preseason outlook forecast that drought conditions were likely to develop by late in the winter due to La Nina persisting.

Most of Central Florida is running 2 to 3 inches below normal in the rainfall department since the start of 2023.

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The dry conditions, combined with low relative humidity and gusty winds, will lead to an elevated wildfire risk Friday.

Scattered rain chances return for the weekend, but they are not expected to be widespread or amount to much. There may be a shot at a quick round of heavier rain later Monday.

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Jonathan Kegges joined the News 6 team in June 2019 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. Jonathan comes from Roanoke, Virginia where he covered three EF-3 tornadoes and deadly flooding brought on by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.