Friday features a mostly sunny start in the east coast metro area and an early mix of sun and clouds along the Gulf coast. Then all of South Florida will see periods of showers and storms during the afternoon hours, with greatest coverage in the western portions. A high risk of dangerous rip currents is in place at the Atlantic beaches through the weekend. Highs on Friday will be near 90 degrees in the east coast metro area and the low 90s along the Gulf coast.
Saturday will bring clouds and periods of showers and storms. Look for a brisk ocean breeze along the Atlantic coast. Saturday’s highs will be mostly in the upper 80s in the east coast metro area and the low 90s along the Gulf coast.
Look for clouds, showers, and storms again on Sunday. Sunday’s highs will be in the low 90s along the Gulf coast and the upper 80s in the east coast metro area.
Monday will feature a mix of sun and clouds with showers and storms developing in the afternoon. Monday’s highs will be in the low 90s.
Tuesday’s forecast calls for good sun alternating with periods of showers and storms. Highs on Tuesday will be in the low 90s.
In the tropics, Tropical Storm Gonzalo continues moving westward, and there are tropical storm warnings and hurricane watches in the southern Windward Islands. At 5 am Friday, Gonzalo was located near 10.0 North, 58.1 West, and was moving west at 14 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 60 miles per hour, but Gonzalo could become a hurricane at least briefly this weekend. After that, Gonzalo will enter a hostile environment, and the National Hurricane Center now calls for it to degenerate into an open wave on Monday.
Elsewhere, Tropical Depression # 8 is now Tropical Storm Hanna. At 5 am Friday, Hanna was located near 26.7 North, 92.4 West, about 315 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas. Hanna had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and was moving west-northwest at 9 miles per hour. A tropical storm warning is in effect for portions of the Texas coast. Hanna is expected to strengthen before reaching land on Saturday. It will bring heavy rain and flash flooding to southern Texas and portions of northern Mexico.
Finally, we’re watching a wave that has just emerged off the African coast. This wave has a low chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next 5 days, but we’ll keep an eye on it.