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Florida Sun, Clouds And Showers Today; The Tropics Are Very Busy

Thursday features good sun and a few clouds with some early showers in the east coast metro area.  The Gulf coast will see lots of sun and a cloud or two at times.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents remains along the Palm Beach County coast, and there’s a moderate rip current risk at the beaches of Broward and Miami-Dade.  Highs on Thursday will be mostly in the mid-80s in the east coast metro area and in the upper 80s along the Gulf coast.

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Friday will bring lots of sun and a few clouds on a sometimes gusty ocean breeze.  Friday’s highs will be in the mid-80s.

Saturday will feature sunny skies and dry conditions.  Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night, because Daylight Savings Time begins early Sunday morning.  Saturday’s highs will be in the mid-80s.

Sunday will be sunny along the Gulf coast, but the east coast metro area will see a mix of sun, clouds, and periods of showers on the breeze.  Sunday’s highs will be in the mid-80s.

Monday’s forecast depends on a low expected to develop near the Bahamas.  While the Gulf coast will see a mix of sun and clouds, the east coast metro area is likely to see breezy conditions with some sun, more clouds, and periods of showers and storms.  Highs on Monday will be in the mid-80s.

It’s insanely busy in the tropics for early November.  Lisa made landfall in Belize as a hurricane Wednesday afternoon, and it has quickly weakened.  At 5 am, Tropical Storm Lisa was about 125 miles west of Belize City.  Maximum sustained winds were 45 miles per hour, and Lisa was moving west at 10 miles per hour.  The threats from Lisa are flash flooding and mudslides from heavy rains since the system will linger over Central America and the Yucatan for several days.

In the open Atlantic, Hurricane Martin is becoming a powerful extratropical system.  At 5 am, Martin was about 805 miles west-northwest of the Azores and was racing north-northeast at 46 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 85 miles per hour.

A low several hundred miles east-northeast of Bermuda has a low chance of becoming a tropical or subtropical depression during the next five days as it moves westward.  This low is expected to be absorbed by a front well east of the U.S. coast.

But the feature we’re watching is a broad low that’s expected to develop in the northeastern Caribbean or east of the Bahamas in the next couple of days.  The National Hurricane Center gives this feature a low chance of developing during the next five days.  It is expected to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to the Bahamas and possibly to Florida’s east coast during the first half of next week.

We’re watching the waters around the Greater Antilles for a developing low.  The National Hurricane Center gives this feature a low chance of becoming a tropical or subtropical depression during the next five days as it moves generally northward.

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.

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