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Some Sun Then Plenty Of Showers And Storms Across Florida Today; Tracking The Tropics

Friday features some morning showers, good sun and a few clouds, and the chance of an afternoon storm in the east coast metro area.  The Gulf coast will see more clouds than sun along with periods of showers and storms in the afternoon.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents is in place at the Atlantic beaches through Saturday evening.  Highs on Friday will be near 90 degrees in the east coast metro area and in the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

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Saturday will bring a mix of sun and clouds with showers and storms in the mid-afternoon into the evening, with the greatest rain chances near the Gulf coast and in the interior.  Saturday’s highs will be in the upper 80s right at the Atlantic coast, near 90 degrees elsewhere in the east coast metro area, and in the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

Sunday will be mostly sunny in the east coast metro area and partly sunny along the Gulf coast.  All of South Florida will see some mid to late-afternoon showers and storms.  Showers and a few storms will linger into the evening in the western portions of our area.  Sunday’s highs will be mostly in the low 90s.

The 4th of July will feature a nice mix of sun and clouds in the morning, with some showers and storms developing from mid-afternoon into the early evening.  Look for a brisk and gusty breeze near the Atlantic coast.  Monday’s highs will be mostly in the low 90s.

Tuesday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies alternating with periods of showers and storms.  Highs on Tuesday will be in the upper 80s in the east coast metro area and the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

Potential Tropical Cyclone # 2 is still expected to reach tropical storm status before it arrives at the coast of Central America late Friday night.  At 5 am on Friday,  Potential TC # 2 was about 315 miles east of Bluefields, Nicaragua, and was moving west at 18 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour, but Potential TC # 2 still didn’t have a closed circulation early Friday morning.  Watches and warnings are in effect for portions of Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, and 4 to 8 inches of rain are expected in the region. Potential TC # 2 is forecast to become a hurricane after it enters the eastern Pacific.

Elsewhere in the tropics, the area of showers and storms affecting the southern Texas coast will not develop, but it will bring flooding rains to the region.  And the wave in the central Caribbean has a low chance of developing before reaching the Windward Islands later today.  It will enter the eastern Caribbean on Saturday, where conditions are unfavorable for development.

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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