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Hot Today, Rain Returns Tonight; Watching Wave In Atlantic

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South Florida will be hot again on Tuesday, but rain is on the way tonight. We’ll also need to watch the tropics for the next few days for potential development of that wave we’ve been watching. Here at home, Wednesday features a mix of sun and clouds and a shower or two, but we’ll see showers move in during the evening as some tropical moisture moves in. A high risk of rip currents remains in place at the Atlantic beaches through at least Wednesday evening. Highs on Wednesday will be in the low 90s.

Thursday will bring clouds and passing showers and storms. Thursday’s highs will be mostly in the upper 80s.

Clouds, showers, and storms will linger on Friday, but we’ll see a bit of sun at times. Highs on Friday will be near 90 degrees.

Our weekend weather will depend in part on developments in the tropics, but for now we’ll say that Saturday and Sunday will feature a few early showers, a mix of sun and clouds, and an afternoon storm in spots. Look for highs on both days to be in the low 90s.

tonightOur weather will depend on what happens to the wave we’ve been watching for some time. Right now, it’s about 500 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west-northwest at about 15 miles per hour. It has a medium chance of developing into a depression this weekend or early next week. Computer models indicate a track east of the Bahamas, but just how close and how strong a system it is will determine whether we’ll see stormy conditions late in the weekend or early next week. We’ll all need to keep an eye on it until it’s well to our north.

Tropical Storm Franklin is approaching the east coast of Mexico. At 5 am, Franklin was located near 20.4 North, 88.5 West, and was moving west at 13 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 65 miles per hour. Franklin is expected to reach hurricane strength before making a second landfall late on Wednesday or early Thursday. Flash flooding and mudslides are possible when the system moves into the mountainous areas of Mexico.

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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.