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Steamy Saturday With Afternoon Storms As Florida Watches The Tropics

Saturday features plenty of hot sun and some clouds in the morning.  Showers and storms will develop in the late morning in the east coast metro area and in the afternoon along the Gulf coast.  A moderate risk of dangerous rip currents is in place at the Atlantic beaches, and the rip current risk will remain elevated through the weekend and into the workweek.  Highs on Saturday will be in the low 90s in the east coast metro area and mostly in the mid-90s along the Gulf coast.  But all of South Florida will feel about 10 degrees hotter, so stay hydrated.

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Sunday will bring a mix of sun and clouds with maybe a stray shower in the morning.  Look for some afternoon storms, especially along the Gulf coast and in the interior.  Sunday’s highs will be in the sticky low 90s.

Monday will feature a mix of sun and clouds with a few storms to start.  Then look for additional storms and some showers in mid to late afternoon.  Monday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Tuesday will start with mostly sunny skies, but showers and storms will be back in the mid-afternoon.  Tuesday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for a mix of sun and clouds alternating with periods of showers and storms.  Highs on Wednesday will be in the low 90s again.

In the tropics, the wave in the Bay of Campeche has a high chance of development, and the National Hurricane Center has designated it Potential Tropical Cyclone # 4.  At 5 am, Potential TC # 4 was located at 22.8 North, 95.8 West, about 230 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Rio Grande.  Maximum sustained winds were 35 miles per hour, and Potential TC # 4 was moving northwest at 14 miles per hour.  Tropical storm warnings are in effect from Boca de Catan, Mexico to Port Mansfield, Texas.   Potential TC # 4 could strengthen to a tropical storm before reaching land later on Saturday.  Whether or not it does, it will bring up to 3 inches of rain and the possibility of flash flooding to the region.

Elsewhere, a wave is about ready to emerge from the African coast.  The National Hurricane Center gives this system a low chance of developing during the next 5 days.  We’ll keep an eye on it.

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.