The Florida Division of Emergency Management said Labor Day weekend rip currents are expected along the Gulf Coast as temperatures rise throughout the state.
Increased winds and waves will continue a moderate to high risk of rip currents for Gasparilla Island this weekend, with an increasing threat for rip currents next week for East Coast beaches.
Partly to mostly sunny skies are expected through most of Florida, which will allow temperatures to reach the low to mid-90s statewide.
"As residents and visitors enjoy Florida this holiday weekend, it is imperative to remember rip current and heat safety tips," said Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon. "Don't let a rip current or too much sun ruin your holiday weekend."
When red flags are flying, beachgoers should remain alert on beaches.
Know the meaning of and obey warnings represented by colored beach flags.
Different beaches may use different colors but a commonly used series include:
Double Red: Beach is closed to the public
Single Red: high hazard, e.g., strong surf or currents
Yellow: medium hazard
Green: Calm conditions although caution is still necessary
Purple: Flown with either Red or Yellow: Dangerous marine life
Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist alongside these structures.