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Sun, Clouds, Heat Today, Watching the Tropics Again

  Here at home, Sunday features a mix of sun and clouds, a few mostly west coast showers and storms in the afternoon, and steamy heat.  Highs on Sunday will be in the low 90s, but it will feel about 10 degrees hotter once again.

Monday will bring good sun, a few cloud at times, and passing showers and storms, especially along the Gulf coast and in the interior.  Look for an increasing risk of dangerous rip currents at the Atlantic beaches which is likely to last through the work week.  Monday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Tuesday will feature more of the same — plenty of sun, a few clouds, and passing showers and storms in spots.  Tuesday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Look for the trend to continue on Wednesday, with mostly sunny skies and some quick showers and storms on the breeze.  Wednesday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Thursday’s forecast will depend on the possible development and track of a low that’s now a few hundred miles northeast of the Leeward Islands.  For now, we’ll say that Thursday’s weather will include some sun, more clouds, and periods of showers and storms on the breeze.  Highs on Thursday will be near 90 degrees.

We’re watching the tropics again, but we’re at the heart of the hurricane season, so that’s not unusual.  First, that low which could be a player in our weather late in the workweek is currently a disorganized area of showers that has a low chance of development for the next 5 days.  But it could find more favorable conditions when it reaches the Bahamas, so we’ll keep a very close eye on this feature.

We’re also keeping an eye on that wave in the eastern Atlantic that’s about to enter the central Atlantic.  This feature has a medium chance of developing into a depression, but it isn’t expected to reach the Leeward Islands until late in the workweek.   We always pay attention to Cape Verde systems in September, even though this feature is still a long way away from any land.

Dorian is now post-tropical but still powerful as it zooms towards Newfoundland.  At 5 am Sunday, Dorian was located near 32.7 North, 48.2 West, and was zipping north-northeast at 26 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 80 miles per hour.  It’s future track should bring Dorian well off Greenland before it finally dissipates.

Finally, Tropical Storm Gabrielle is in the central Atlantic, with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour early Sunday.  At 5 am, Gabrielle was located near 32.7 North, 48.6 West, and was moving northwest at 13 miles per hour.  Its future track could bring it near the Irish and Scottish coasts as a post-tropical storm.

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts until November 30, so take a deep breath.

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com, certified Meteorologist, Sept. 8, 2019

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.