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Hot And Dry, All Eyes On Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria

South Florida will be hot and mostly dry on Monday as we continue to watch Hurricane Maria and the busy tropics. Our Monday features a mix of sun and clouds, a moderate risk of dangerous rip currents at the Atlantic beaches, and a stray shower. Highs on Monday will be in the low 90s.

Tuesday will bring sun, clouds, a moderate risk of rip currents, and maybe a quick shower in spots. Tuesday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Moisture starts to work in on Wednesday, so we’ll see a few showers and storms at times. Wednesday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

Thursday’s forecast includes a few early showers, a mix of sun and clouds, and an afternoon storm or two. Highs on Thursday will be near 90 degrees.

Faith Based Events

Friday is the first day of fall, but the summerlike pattern of early coastal showers and a few afternoon storms will linger. Friday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

In the tropics, Hurricane Maria is strengthening as it approaches the hard-hit Lesser Antilles. At 5 am Monday, Maria was located near 14.6 North, 59.5 West, and was moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 90 miles per hour, but Maria is expected to intensify into a major hurricane as it moves toward Puerto Rico. While the computer models are currently in agreement that Maria will remain well east of Florida, we’ll continue to watch this hurricane closely.

Elsewhere, Hurricane Jose is bringing rough surf and rip currents to much of the U.S. east coast. At 5 am Monday, Jose was located near 33.0 North, 71.4 West, and was moving north at 9 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 85 miles per hour.

Finally, Tropical Depression Lee is winding down in the middle of the Atlantic and should be a remnant low later Monday or Tuesday.

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.