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Rain, Heavy At Times, Returns

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Oct 8, 2015 – The rain will return to South Florida on Thursday, but a change is coming this weekend. Look for passing showers on Thursday morning, followed by afternoon storms, including periods of heavy downpours. Thursday’s highs will be in the mid to upper 80s. It won’t be a good beach day, made worse by the threat of dangerous rip currents, especially in Broward. Friday will be unsettled, with morning showers and afternoon sea breeze storms, with heavy downpours in some locations. Highs will be in the upper 80s.

Moisture will hang around on Saturday, and showers and storms will be around, along with highs in the upper 80s. While some showers could linger into Sunday morning, a front will pass through, dropping humidity levels and keeping highs mostly in the pleasant mid 80s.

Monday will be pleasant, with refreshing morning lows near 70 degrees, low humidity, and highs in the mid 80s for Columbus Day.

Joaquin is now a post-tropical cyclone with top winds of 65 miles per hour as of early Thursday. It’s zooming east at 35 miles per hour and will bring rain and gusty conditions to the Azores and eventually to Portugal and Spain. Otherwise, the tropics are quiet.

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.