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Florida Is Drying Out With Plenty Of Sun Today

Sunday features much-needed relief for the soggy conditions created by the system that’s now Tropical Storm Alex.  Look for lots of sun along the Gulf coast, while the east coast metro area will see good sun with a few clouds and some mostly afternoon storms.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents remains at all South Florida beaches into Sunday morning, becoming a moderate risk by late morning.  Highs on Sunday will be mostly in the low 90s in the east coast metro area and in the upper 80s along the Gulf coast.

Monday will bring plenty of sun, a few clouds at times, and the chance of a few afternoon storms, especially in the east coast metro area.  Monday’s highs will be mostly in the upper 80s in the east coast metro area and near 90 degrees along the Gulf coast.

Tuesday will feature more clouds than sun and afternoon showers and storms in the east coast metro area, while the Gulf coast will be mostly sunny with periods of showers and storms.  Tuesday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

Wednesday will see some sun, more clouds, and periods of showers and storms.  Wednesday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

Thursday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with periods of showers and storms.  Highs on Thursday will be in the upper 80s again.

What was Potential Tropical Cyclone # 1 has finally become Tropical Storm Alex after reaching the Atlantic on Saturday.  At 5 am Sunday, Alex was located near 29.1 North, 76.3 West, about 715 miles west-southwest of Bermuda.  Maximum sustained winds were 50 miles per hour.  Alex was moving northeast at a rapid 22 miles per hour.  It’s expected to make its closest approach to Bermuda on Monday, and there’s a tropical storm warning in effect there.

Elsewhere, the tropical Atlantic is quiet.

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.