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Sun, Steamy, Storms; Closely Watching Hurricane Irma


StormsSouth Florida will begin the month of September with sun and a few storms while we continue to watch the progress of Hurricane Irma in the far Atlantic. Here at home, we’ll see periods of sun, building clouds, a moderate risk of dangerous rip currents the Atlantic beaches, and a few afternoon storms (most likely in the western suburbs) on Friday. Highs on Friday will be in the sticky low 90s.

After some overnight showers, Saturday will bring periods of sun, an elevated risk of dangerous rip currents at the Atlantic beaches, and more widespread afternoon storms. Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Sunday will feature more sun and just a few showers and storms. Highs on Sunday will be in the low 90s near the coast and a bit hotter inland.

Look for some quick early showers, a mix of sun and clouds, and afternoon storms in spots on Labor Day. Monday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

It’s back to work on Tuesday, with an early shower or two, a mix of sun and clouds, and some afternoon storms along the sea breeze. Highs on Monday will be in the low 90s.

Irma remains a powerful category 3 hurricane with winds of 115 miles per hour early Friday. At 5 am, Irma was located near 18.2 North, 36.5 West, and was moving west at 12 miles per hour. Additional strengthening is possible when Irma enters an area of more favorable conditions this weekend. The hurricane is forecast to be near the Lesser Antilles late on Tuesday or early Wednesday. Beyond that, there is considerable disagreement among the computer models as to the timing of Irma’s interaction with a trough next week, which will determine the hurricane’s track. We’ll watch Irma’s progress closely this holiday weekend.

StormsElsewhere in the tropics, it’s another reminder that we’re now in the height of the Atlantic hurricane season. Another wave has emerged off the African coast, and it has a medium chance of becoming a depression 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.