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Near-Perfect Weekend

  Saturday features lots of sun, with maybe an early east coast shower on a brisk ocean breeze.  A high risk of rip currents is in place at the Palm Beach County coast throughout the weekend, and rip currents will be a concern all along the east coast.  Highs on Saturday will be in the mid 80s in the east coast metro area and the upper 80s elsewhere.

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Sunday will be another mostly sunny day, and we could see a shower or two along the east coast.  Sunday’s highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.

The Columbus Day holiday will feature a mix of sun and clouds with passing showers.  Monday’s highs will range from the mid 80s to near 90 degrees.

Tuesday will bring some sun, more clouds, and periods of showers and storms.  Tuesday’s highs will be mostly in the upper 80s.

Wednesday’s forecast includes good sun, clouds at times, and passing showers, especially in the east coast metro area.  Highs on Wednesday will be in the upper 80s.

In the tropics, we’re watching Subtropical Storm Melissa.  At 5 am Saturday, Melissa was located near 38.1 North, 68.2 West, about 235 miles south-southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts.  Melissa was moving northeast at 7 miles per hour, and maximum sustained winds were 50 miles per hour.  It is forecast to weaken to a remnant low during the weekend.  However, Melissa will bring windy conditions and coastal flooding to parts of southern New England, and swells from this storm are affecting most of the U.S. east coast and the Bahamas.

Elsewhere, computer models forecast a wave to push off the African coast on Sunday, and this wave has a chance of developing as it moves in the direction of the Cape Verde Islands.  And a low is expected to form off the Central American coast this weekend.  That low has a chance of developing into a depression before it reaches Honduras, Belize, and Guatemala early in the workweek.

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com, certified Meteorologist, Oct. 12, 2019

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.