Weather conditions have begun to calm down somewhat after a rather busy morning.
According to the National Weather Service, the region of low pressure that has been creating substantial problems, especially in the southern states, has moved inland and is now moving towards the east coast of Florida. On radar, there are just a few light showers left in parts of the interior, according to the forecast.
Strengthening gradient winds on the backside of the low-pressure system have been having the most effective since late morning and have continued throughout the afternoon.
Wind speeds ranging from 60 to 75 miles per hour were observed at many locations around SWFL, with one report reaching 80 miles per hour.
Thankfully, the wind speeds have slowed slightly, but the weather continues to be gusty and unpredictable. Current airport observations in Charlotte and Lee Counties show gusts of up to 25 miles per hour.
These stronger gusts continue to pose a threat to the maritime population, prompting the continuation of a Small Craft Advisory. The Gale Warning has been lifted due to the calming of the winds, which occurred earlier today.
In addition, high surf and hazardous rip currents continue to be a problem at regional beaches, posing a threat to beachgoers.
Looking forward, backing winds will enable colder air to flow into the region later today and tomorrow.
Over the following couple of days, temperatures are predicted to fall gradually, with lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s to 70s likely to be reached.
According to the forecast, the gradient will continue to decrease, with an upper-level flattening pattern and eventual ridging building back into the system from the west.
As the weekend approaches, the winds begin to shift to a more southerly direction, bringing warmer and somewhat more humid weather back into the lengthy forecast. After today, however, it seems like the weather will be calm and rain-free for the remainder of the projected period.