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Summer Sun And Storms Today For Florida; Watching The Tropics

Saturday features sun and clouds in the morning with showers and storms developing from the mid-afternoon into the evening.  The greatest rain chances will be near the Gulf coast.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents remains at the Atlantic beaches and will last through Monday evening.  Highs on Saturday will be in the upper 80s right at the Atlantic coast, near 90 degrees elsewhere in the east coast metro area, and in the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

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Sunday will be mostly sunny in the morning, but showers and storms will be back in the afternoon and early evening, especially near the Gulf coast.  The risk of dangerous rip currents will remain high at the Atlantic beaches.  Sunday’s highs will be near 90 degrees in the east coast metro area and in the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

The 4th of July will see a mix of sun and clouds in the morning, with showers and storms passing through in the afternoon and early evening.  But the rain should be over before the fireworks shows begin.  But the risk of dangerous rip currents will remain at the Atlantic beaches.  Monday’s highs will be near 90 degrees in the east coast metro area and in the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

Tuesday will feature good sun and a few clouds in the morning, with summertime showers and storms popping up in the mid to late afternoon.  Tuesday’s highs will be near 90 degrees in the east coast metro area and in the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for good sun in the morning and plenty of showers and storms in the afternoon.  Highs on Wednesday will be in the upper 80s in the east coast metro area and the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

What was Potential Tropical Cyclone # 2 became Tropical Storm Bonnie on Friday morning.  At 5 am EDT on Saturday, Bonnie was located inland, about 90 miles southeast of Managua, Nicaragua.  Maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour, and Bonnie was moving west at 14 miles per hour.  Bonnie will continue to drop flooding rains over portions of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and mudslides are a potential hazard.  Bonnie will emerge into the eastern Pacific later on Saturday.

We now have Tropical Storm Colin, which formed quickly off the South Carolina coast.  At 5 am, Colin was located near 33.2 North, 79.5 West, about 50 miles southwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour, and Colin was moving northeast at 8 miles per hour.  Tropical storm warnings are up for portions of coastal North and South Carolina.  Colin is expected to hug the coast and drop flooding rains on the region through Sunday before moving out to sea.

Elsewhere, the wave now in the eastern Caribbean has a very low chance of becoming a depression.

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.

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