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Feels Like Fall in South Florida

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Oct. 4, 2015 – It feels like fall in South Florida on Sunday. After a refreshing morning with lows in the low image370s, look for lots of sun, some clouds on the breeze, low humidity, and highs in the upper 80s. The only problems will be in the surf, with a risk of dangerous rip currents and minor tidal flooding in low-lying areas, conditions which could last into Tuesday.

Monday will be pleasant, with just the chance of a quick shower, sun and clouds, and highs in the upper 80s. A few more showers and clouds could be around on Tuesday, and highs will once again be in the upper 80s. The rest of the workweek will feature sun and clouds, a few quick showers in spots, and highs in the upper 80s.

two_atl_0d0Hurricane Joaquin will pass just west of Bermuda on Sunday, bringing storm surge and damaging winds. At 5 am, Joaquin was located near 29.7 North, 67.7 West, and was racing northeast at 20 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 120 miles per hour, but the hurricane is forecast to weaken somewhat as it approaches Bermuda. Joaquin will continue into the central Atlantic, weaken more rapidly, and lose its tropical characteristics in a few days.

two_atl_5d0Elsewhere, the low in the central Atlantic about 800 miles east-southeast of Bermuda has a low chance of developing into a depression, and the wave several hundred miles from the Cape Verde Islands has a low chance of developing as it moves to the west-northwest.

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.