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Hazy and Steamy

­­­­­­­­By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter Meteorologist, June 12, 2015 – South Florida will be hazy on Friday, thanks to Saharan dust, and our summerlike steaminess continues. Look for hot sun, hazy skies, some clouds and maybe a quick shower on a building ocean breeze, a moderate risk of dangerous rip currents at the beaches, and highs in the sticky upper 80s (even though it will feel about 10 degrees hotter).

The haze will linger into Saturday, as ocean breezes build, some scattered showers blow in, and highs reach the upper 80s.

The risk of rip currents will increase and last through the weekend and beyond.

Sunday will see the return of blue skies and a few more showers on the ocean breeze, and highs will be in the upper 80s again.

That pattern will last through Monday, when the breeze will begin to slacken. Tuesday and Wednesday will see the return of scattered afternoon storms, and highs will be near 90 degrees.

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.