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Florida Is Hot And Sticky This Holiday; Watching The Tropics

Labor Day features a mostly sunny morning with some passing showers in the east coast metro area.  Clouds, showers, and storms will move in during the afternoon.  Highs on Monday will be in the low 90s — but it will feel at least 10 degrees hotter, so stay hydrated and out of the midday sun as you enjoy the holiday.

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Tuesday morning will bring lots of sun in the east coast metro area and a mix of sun and clouds along the Gulf coast.  Showers and storms will develop in the afternoon.  Tuesday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Wednesday will feature mostly sunny skies and the chance of a storm in the morning.  The afternoon will see passing showers and storms.  Wednesday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Thursday will start with a mix of sun and clouds and the chance of a storm.  Plenty of showers and storms will be around in the afternoon.  Thursday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Friday’s forecast calls for a mix of sun, showers, and storms.  Highs on Friday will be in the low 90s again.

In the tropics, Tropical Storm Earl is continuing its slow movement away from the Leeward Islands.  At 5 am, Earl was located about 175 miles north of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.  Maximum sustained winds were 50 miles per hour, and Earl was moving north-northwest at 5 miles per hour. It is expected to become a hurricane by the middle of the week.  Earl is forecast to track well east of the Bahamas but potentially affect Bermuda late in the workweek.

Hurricane Danielle has finally begun to move in the middle of the Atlantic.  At 5 am, Danielle was located about 940 miles west-northwest of the Azores.  Maximum sustained winds were 90 miles per hour, and Danielle was moving north-northeast at 8 miles per hour.  Danielle is expected to weaken and become extratropical by late in the workweek.

Finally, a wave that emerged into the eastern Atlantic on Sunday is now nearing the Cape Verde Islands.  This wave has a low chance of becoming a depression during the next five 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.