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Hot Sun and Showers

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Sept. 21, 2015 – South Florida will see some passing showers and plenty of hot sun on Monday. An ocean breeze will bring in showers and keep afternoon storms well inland. Monday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Tuesday features some quick showers on the breeze, just the chance of a stray afternoon storm, and highs near 90 degrees. Fall officially begins on Wednesday, and the season kicks off with a few showers, highs in the upper 80s, and possibly a stray storm in the western suburbs.

Rain chances go up on Thursday, with showers and some afternoon storms in the forecast, along with highs in the upper 80s. Look for clouds, showers, and some afternoon storms on Friday as highs top out in the mid to upper 80s.

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In the tropics, Tropical Storm Ida has strengthened overnight and could continue that trend for the next day or so. As of 5 am Monday, Ida was located near 19.8 North, 47.3 West, and was moving north-northwest at 8 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 50 miles per hour. Ida is forecast to stall out late in the week, reach hurricane strength at least briefly, and eventually resume a northwestward to northward course in the central Atlantic.

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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.