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Rainy Days Ahead For Florida; Watching The Busy Tropics

Friday features plenty of hot sun in the morning, but clouds, showers, and storms will move in during the afternoon, thanks to an area of disturbed weather just to our east.  That will make for a soggy Friday night and a weekend washout.  Highs on Friday will be in the steamy low 90s.

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Saturday will be a day of clouds, showers, and storms as we continue to deal with moisture from the disturbance.  Saturday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

Sunday will feature some sun, more clouds, and periods of showers and storms.  Sunday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Monday will continue the trend of sun and clouds in the morning and widespread showers and some storms in the afternoon.  Monday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Tuesday’s forecast includes a mix of sun and clouds with periods of showers and storms.  Highs on Tuesday will be in the low 90s again.

The tropics are insanely busy.  We’re keeping an eye on the disorganized showers and storms that will affect us this weekend.  This area has a very low chance of developing this weekend.  But it does have a medium chance of becoming a depression after it enters the Gulf and as it tracks in the direction of the Louisiana coast.  In the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, a trough of low pressure has a low chance of developing as it moves generally to the southwest toward the Mexican coast..

Our two tropical storms continue their treks across the Atlantic.  Tropical Storm Paulette is expected to become a hurricane this weekend.  At 5 am Friday, Paulette was located near 23.1 North, 51.7 West, a little over 1000 miles southeast of Bermuda.  Maximum sustained winds were 65 miles per hour, and Paulette was moving west-northwest at 10 miles per hour.  Paulette will make its closest approach to Bermuda on Monday into Tuesday.

To the east, Tropical Storm Rene had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour early on Friday.  At 5 am, Rene was located near 19.7 North, 38.5 West, and was moving west-northwest at 10 miles per hour.  Rene is forecast to remain in the open ocean.

We’re also watching some waves that are far away.  The wave that recently entered the eastern Atlantic has a high chance of becoming a depression in the next few days.  We’ll keep an eye on it.  Finally, yet another wave is expected to emerge from western Africa, and this one will have a medium chance of development in the eastern Atlantic.

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.