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Sun, Clouds And Storms Today For Florida; Watching The Tropics

Thursday features sun and clouds in the morning, with the chance of a quick storm in spots.  Then periods of storms will be back in the afternoon.  A moderate risk of dangerous rip currents is in place along the Palm Beach County coast.  Highs on Thursday will be near 90 degrees.

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Friday will bring sun, clouds, and mostly afternoon storms again.  Look for breezy conditions in the east coast metro area.  Look for an increasing risk of dangerous rip currents at the Atlantic beaches through the holiday weekend.  Friday’s highs 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.

Saturday will be another summer day with plenty of sun in the morning and showers and storms in the afternoon.  The east coast metro area will be breezy again.  Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Sunday will feature good sun and some clouds in the morning, with storms developing in spots during the afternoon.  Look for a gusty breeze in the east coast metro area.  Sunday’s highs will be near 90 degrees in the east coast metro area and in the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

The forecast for the 4th of July includes lots of hot sun in the morning, but showers and storms will return in the afternoon but will taper off during the early evening.  It will be a breezy day in the east coast metro area.  Highs on Monday will be near 90 degrees in the east coast metro area and in the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

In the tropics, Potential Tropical Cyclone # 2 is moving away from Colombia’s Guajira Peninsula and into the southwestern Caribbean.  At 5 am, Potential TC # 2 was about 770 miles east of Bluefields, Nicaragua.  Maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour (but with no closed circulation), and the disturbance was moving west at 20 miles per hour.  Watches and warnings are in effect for portions of coastal Colombia and Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.  Potential TC # 2  is expected to become Tropical Storm Bonnie before reaching Central America on Friday.

Elsewhere, the area of showers and storms nearing the southern Texas coast still has a medium chance of becoming a depression, but it will bring heavy rain to portions of Texas and northern Mexico whether it develops or not.  And the wave in the central Caribbean has a low chance of developing before reaching the Windward Islands late Friday or early Saturday.  But conditions in the eastern Caribbean are not favorable for further development.

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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