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Florida Has Breezy Days Ahead

Tuesday features a gusty breeze and a mix of sun and clouds as a front moves into our area.  Some showers and storms will move into the east coast metro area.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents along the Atlantic coast through Friday evening.  Minor flooding at high tide is possible in the east coast metro area on Tuesday.  Highs on Tuesday will be in the low 80s.

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Wednesday will be windy and sunny. Look for an increasing risk of dangerous rip currents at the Atlantic beaches.  Wednesday’s highs will be in the upper 70s.

Thursday will start with morning lows in the mid-60s to near 70 degrees, so it will feel like autumn in South Florida.  Then the day will be mostly sunny and windy.  Thursday’s highs will be in the upper 70s.

Friday will feature sunny and breezy conditions along the Gulf coast, and windy weather and a mix of sun and clouds will be on tap for the east coast metro area.  Friday’s highs will be in the low 80s.

Saturday’s forecast calls for lots of sun and a strong breeze.  Highs on Saturday will be in the low 80s.

We’re seeing another hurricane disaster unfolding in Nicaragua after Iota made landfall as a category 4 hurricane Monday night.  At 4 am Tuesday, Iota was located near 13.7 North, 84.3 West, about 10 miles from El Pia, Nicaragua.  Maximum sustained winds were 105 miles per hour, and Iota was moving west at 9 miles per hour.  Early on Tuesday, Iota was still creating a life-threatening storm surge along the coast, and it continues to drop 10 to 20 inches of rain over the region.

Elsewhere in the tropics, an area of disturbed weather is expected to form in the central or southwestern Caribbean.  The National Hurricane Center gives this feature a medium chance of developing into a depression during the next 5 days.

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.