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Rain Hangs Around

Rain will be around South Florida on Wednesday. Some early east coast showers will be followed by more widespread afternoon storms as highs reach the low 90s.

rainFall officially begins on Thursday, but we’ll return to a more summerlike weather pattern of afternoon storms for a few days. Look for afternoon storms to develop along the Atlantic sea breeze on Thursday, with storms popping up in the western suburbs of Miami-Dade and Broward, then moving into the interior and along the Gulf coast. Thursday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Friday will feature highs in the low 90s and afternoon storms developing along the east coast sea breeze, with most storm activity in the far western parts of metro Miami-Dade and Broward, the interior, and the Gulf coast.

Saturday and Sunday will feature some afternoon storms mostly in the interior and in the Naples and Marco Island areas. Highs both days will be around 90 degrees in Miami-Dade, Broward, and the Keys and in the upper 80s along the Gulf coast.

rainIn the tropics, Karl is still battling wind shear and has been downgraded to a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. At 5 am Wednesday, Karl was located near 20.2 North, 57.6 West, and was moving west at 14 miles per hour. It is still forecast to restrengthen and reach hurricane strength eventually, but that is now expected to happen after it makes its closest approach to Bermuda. We’re also watching Tropical Storm Lisa, which is forecast to remain in the remote Atlantic. At 5 am Wednesday, Lisa was located near 17.5 North, 32.2 West, and was moving northwest at 9 miles per hour. It had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour.

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Sept. 21, 2016

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.