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Tropical Rains On The Way To Florida

Wednesday features a mix of sun and clouds in the morning and periods of showers and storms in the afternoon and evening.  Heavy rain is possible in spots, and so is localized flooding.  A moderate risk of dangerous rip currents remains at the Atlantic beaches and is expected to increase later in the week.  Highs on Wednesday will be in the mid-80s right at the Atlantic coast, in the upper 80s elsewhere in the east coast metro area, and near 90 degrees along the Gulf coast.

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Thursday will bring a mix of sun and clouds in the morning and periods of showers and storms in the afternoon and evening.  Tuesday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

Friday’s and Saturday’s weather will depend on the tropics.  For now, we’ll say Friday will feature clouds, storms, and showers around South Florida, lasting through the evening.  Look for increasingly breezy conditions, especially along the Gulf coast.  Localized flooding is likely in many locations.  Friday’s highs will be in the mid-80s.

Saturday will be mostly cloudy, stormy, and quite windy, regardless of whether or not we’re dealing directly with the effects of a tropical depression or tropical storm.  Look for periods of heavy rain and the increased risk of flooding.  Saturday’s highs will be mostly in the mid-80s.

Sunday’s forecast calls for breezy conditions with a mix of sun, clouds, and periods of showers and storms.  Highs on Sunday will be mostly in the upper 80s.

In the tropics, we continue to watch the extreme southern Gulf of Mexico for development of a low which will include moisture from the remnants of Agatha.  This feature will bring heavy rain to the Yucatan and surrounding areas during the next couple of days.  In South Florida, we’ll keep a very close eye on what this developing low does later in the week as it enters the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.  The National Hurricane Center gives this feature a high chance of becoming a depression later this week.  In any event, it is very likely to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to South Florida, whether or not it becomes a depression before reaching us.

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.

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