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Tallahassee in the midst of a severe drought

Posted at 5:14 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 17:14:57-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It's hot, dry and getting dryer.

The latest drought report is out and it paints a concerning picture for Leon County and the rest of the Panhandle. First Alert Meteorologist Reid Lybarger gives us a closer look.

To no surprise, drought conditions continue to worsen across the Big Bend and the entire southeast. The combination of record breaking heat and little to no rainfall across the region is to blame.

The biggest changes in this weeks drought monitor? The upgrade of areas along I-10, including Tallahassee, being moved into a severe drought.

We're also now seeing an extreme drought creep into the Panhandle off to our west.

Some local consequences? We've already seen Decatur County in southern Georgia issue a local burn ban, along with Jackson County and a few other counties in the Panhandle putting restrictions on outdoor burning.

Fire dangers will only increase with the continued hot and dry weather.

The good news is that rain chances are looking more promising for the area by next week, but with the growing rainfall deficit we will need more than just a few showers in the area.