Heavy rain is occurring over the area this morning, but it is not associated with any tropical weather system and severe storms are not expected.

The National Weather Service says the showers are being generated by a very moist air mass over the Gulf of Mexico.

Showers should form during the morning and drift shoreward, increasing in coverage in the last morning and early afternoon.

In the western Panhandle, the chance of rain is 70 percent. Over Bay County and surrounding areas, the rain chance is 60 percent. Rainfall amounts could reach half an inch in Panama City and an inch in Fort Walton Beach. To the west, in the Milton area, the chance of rain is 80 percent with rainfall totals of 2 inches possible.

The rain should keep high temperatures in the upper 80s, a respite from the recent bout of 90-plus days.