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Hot August Sun For Florida Today

Friday features lots of hot sun and a few afternoon showers and storms, especially near the Gulf coast.  A moderate risk of dangerous rip currents remains along the Palm Beach County coast.  Highs on Friday will be in the low 90s.

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Saturday will bring good sun and a few passing showers in the east coast metro area and mid to late afternoon showers and storms along the Gulf coast.  Saturday’s highs will be low 90s.

Sunday will feature mostly sunny skies alternating with passing showers and a storm in spots.  Sunday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

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Monday will see good sun with some mid to late afternoon showers and storms.  Monday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Tuesday’s forecast calls for a mix of sun, clouds, and showers.  Highs on Tuesday will be near 90 degrees.

Tropical Storm Henri is threatening portions of the Northeast on Sunday.  At 5 am Friday, Henri was located near 30.2 North, 73.1 West, about 780 miles south-southwest of Nantucket, Massachusetts.  Maximum sustained winds were 65 miles per hour, and Henri was moving west-northwest at 9 miles per hour.  Henri is expected to be a category 1 hurricane by Saturday, and there is a hurricane watch for much of Long Island eastward to Cape Cod and including Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Block Island.  The region can expect hurricane force winds, heavy rain, and dangerous storm surge.

Tropical Storm Grace crossed the Yucatan on Thursday and is now strengthening in the Bay of Campeche.  At 5 am Friday, Grace was located near 20.7 North, 93.3 West, about 265 miles east of Tuxpan, Mexico.  Maximum sustained winds were 70 miles per hour, and Grace was moving west at 16 miles per hour.  A hurricane warning is in effect from Puerto Veracruz to Cabo Rojo.  Grace is expected to be a hurricane at landfall Friday night.

The remnants of Fred will finally move off the coast of Maine on Friday.  And there’s one more system to watch — a wave in the eastern Atlantic that has a low chance of developing during the next five days.

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.