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Breezy Wednesday But Watching the Tropics


South Florida will be breezy and drier on Wednesday, but we’re also watching the tropics for a late May disturbance that could have some effect on our holiday weekend weather.

Meanwhile, Wednesday features sun, clouds and maybe a stray shower on the breeze, the chance of an isolated inland storm, a moderate risk of dangerous rip currents at the beaches, and highs in the mid to upper 80s.

image6Sun and clouds are also in the forecast on Thursday, along with highs in the upper 80s and to chance of a stray shower.

Friday will see a few more showers but mostly sun and clouds, and highs will be in the seasonable upper 80s.

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two_atl_2d0The holiday weekend forecast is complicated by a disturbance in the Atlantic which has a low chance of development over the next several days. The system is likely to move slowly to the west-northwest or northwest, and if it remains poorly organized, moisture from it could lead to plenty of passing showers and storms over South Florida from Saturday through Memorial Day.

A slightly stronger system (or one remaining well east of the Bahamas), would limit us to passing showers and a few inland storms and put our afternoon highs near 90 degrees during the holiday weekend.

We’ll keep an eye on it, but it’s a reminder that hurricane season is just around the corner.

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.