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Summery Weather Through Labor Day; Watching Irma Development


SummerySouth Florida’s weather is summery with a few storms in spots as we watch the tropics for the progress of recently-formed Tropical Storm Irma. Here at home, Thursday features hot sun, building clouds, and afternoon storms forming along the sea breeze. While most of those storms will affect the interior, any of them that develop in the metro area would be likely to move slowly while dropping plenty of rain. In that scenario, localized flooding is possible in some locations. Highs on Thursday will be in the sticky low 90s, with higher readings in some spots.

SummeryFriday will bring more moisture, so look for passing showers and storms along with periods of sun. We’ll also see an increasing risk of dangerous rip currents at the Atlantic beaches. Friday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

After some overnight showers and storms, Saturday will feature a mix of sun and clouds, with afternoon storms developing, especially inland. Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Look for hot sun and a few clouds on Sunday, and an afternoon storm cloud pop up. Highs on Sunday will be mostly in the mid 90s.

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The forecast for Labor Day includes sun, clouds, and a few storms in spots. Monday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

In the tropics, we’re watching Irma, a tropical storm that’s on the verge of reaching hurricane strength. At 5 am Thursday, Irma was located near 16.5 North, 32.9 West, and was moving west at 12 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 70 miles per hour. Irma poses a potential threat to the Lesser Antilles next week. We’ll keep a close eye on where it goes.

SummeryElsewhere, Harvey’s remnants are inland in Louisiana, and parts of the Mississippi Valley can expect heavy rains from this record-breaking system. Unfortunately, flood waters have not yet crested in hard-hit portions of southeastern Texas.

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.