WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Officials say the 2008-2009 dry
season in South Florida is the third driest on record dating back
to 1932.

The South Florida Water Management District says the forecast
calls for even more dry weather across its 16-county region from
Orlando to the Florida Keys.

The agency says the region saw an average of just .41 inches of
rain in February, nearly two inches less than normal for the month.

Rainfall overall is down 6.65 inches to date.

Officials say much of South Florida is already experiencing
moderate drought conditions.

The Atlantic Coast, from around Martin County to Miami-Dade County, is considered to be in a severe drought.

Dry conditions are expected to continue or intensify through May.

The district is emphasizing water conservation.

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