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Summer Heat And Storms Continue; Watching Very Active Tropics

Summer Heat

Summer HeatSouth Florida remains in a pattern of summer heat and storms on Wednesday. Wednesday features an early shower in spots, a mix of hot sun and clouds, and some afternoon storms forming along the sea breeze. Look for most of the storms to be in the interior, with the far western suburbs seeing a storm or two as well. Highs on Wednesday will be mostly in the low 90s, with a few higher readings inland — but it will feel even hotter.

Summer HeatThursday will bring a few early showers, hot sun and some clouds, and afternoon storms in spots. Thursday’s highs will be in the sticky low 90s.

Slightly drier air moves in on Friday, so we’ll see hazy conditions and maybe a stray storm. Highs on Friday will be in the low to mid 90s.

Saturday will feature sun and building clouds as moisture starts to return. Look for some afternoon storms, especially in the western suburbs and well inland. Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Sunday will bring a few early showers, a mix of sun and clouds, and some afternoon storms. Highs on Sunday will be near 90 degrees.

Summer HeatIt’s mid-August, and the tropics are busy. Our named system, Hurricane Gert, is racing away from land. At 5 am Wednesday, Gert was located near 36.0 North, 68.4 West and was moving northeast at 21 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 90 miles per hour.

We’re watching the far Atlantic closely. A wave about 1000 east of the Lesser Antilles (part of the broader area of disturbed weather we’ve been watching) has a moderate chance of developing into a depression as it moves into the Caribbean in a couple of days. Another wave about 600 miles to the west of the Cape Verde Islands (also part of that broader disturbance) also has a medium chance of development as it moves west-northwestward. And yet another wave just off the African coast has a low chance of developing during the next 5 days.

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.