Dry pattern to worsen drought, brush fires across Florida into May

Rainfall into Sunday night will help to moisten dry vegetation and put a damper on fires and smoke in the area.
Isolated showers and thunderstorms could linger on Monday.
Moisture will then lift northward up the East Coast into the middle of the week, opening the door for dry air to filter across the Sunshine State and setting the stage for another prolonged stretch of rain-free conditions.
“Warm and dry conditions will dominate the weather pattern across the state throughout the balance of April,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Lada said.
Afternoon high temperatures will soar into the lower and middle 90s F across the peninsula by Friday.
Records will be challenged or broken.
The blazing sunshine will further dry out vegetation, adding fuel to ongoing or new blazes.
Those with respiratory illnesses may need to stay indoors.
Since Jan. 1, more than 1,600 wildfires have burned over 88,000 acres.
From Jan. 17 to April 18, severe drought conditions have grown from 0 percent to over 34 percent.

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