JACKSONVILLE -- Tropical Storm Emily is largely no longer a threat to northeast Florida but temperatures will soar Friday and into the weekend for the Jacksonville area.
The region set a record on Thursday when the mercury reached 99 degrees, with temperatures expected to top out today in the upper 90s once again. "We're going to find dangerously high temperatures and dangerously high heat index values during the afternoon hours especially," said Action News meteorologist Jamie Warriner.
Most of the Jacksonville area and southeast Georgia remained under a heat advisory because of the hot weather.
The heat will get tempered somewhat by more cloud cover and widely scattered thunderstorms by late afternoon. Areas west of I-95 have the best chance of seeing a pop-up storm, Warriner said.
Temperatures will reach the mid to upper 90s today through Sunday although heat index values will make it feel much warmer.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control warns that those most susceptible to heat -- the elderly and young kids -- should take precautions during hot weather. The federal health agency warns that people should remember to drink plenty of water, wear appropriate clothing and limit outdoor activities.
Tropical Storm Emily has largely dissipated after it was ravaged by the terrain of Hispaniola. The storm is now a low pressure system that still managed to dump heavy rains in the Caribbean. Some regeneration is possible over the weekend, but would veer off away from Florida by Sunday.
"There will be zero impact on our shoreline in the form of wind and rain," Warriner said, adding that the most Jacksonville will see would be higher rip currents at the beach.
ActionNewsJax.com Staff Writer Alfred Charles contributed to this report.