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A Return To Summer Heat And Storms For Florida

Thursday features good sun along the Gulf coast and a mix of sun and clouds in the east coast metro area.  Showers and storms will pop up during the afternoon.  A moderate risk of dangerous rip currents is in place along the Palm Beach County coast.  Highs on Thursday will be near 90 degrees.

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Friday will bring lots of sun, a few clouds, and periods of showers and storms, mostly in the afternoon.  Friday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Saturday will be another day with lots of sun and periods of clouds, showers, and storms.  Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

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Sunday will feature plenty of sun, a few clouds, and passing showers and storms.  Sunday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Monday’s forecast calls for the usual summer mix of sun, a few clouds, and periods of showers and storms.  Highs on Monday will be in the low 90s again.

Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall along the Big Bend late Wednesday morning, and it has now pushed into South Carolina.  At 5 am Thursday, Elsa was located near 33.4 North, 81.3 West, about 210 miles west-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina.  Maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour, and Elsa was moving northeast at 18 miles per hour.  There are tropical storm warnings from coastal Georgia to Sandy Hook, New Jersey, and from Long Island to Cape Cod, as well as Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Block Island.  The forecast calls for Elsa to move up the mid-Atlantic and southern New England coasts late on Thursday into Friday as a tropical storm.

Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.