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Independence Day features plenty of hot sun with some clouds and storms developing in the mid to late afternoon. Portions of the Keys will see breezy conditions and periods of storms starting late Sunday night. Highs on Sunday will be in the sweltering low to mid-90s.
Monday will start with a mix of sun and clouds. Then showers and storms will move in, with tropical storm conditions possible in the Lower and Middle Keys and very breezy conditions on the mainland. Look for an increasing risk of dangerous rip currents at the Atlantic beaches. Monday’s highs will be in the upper 80s in the east coast metro area and near 90 degrees along the Gulf coast.
Tuesday will see Tropical Storm Elsa’s closest approach to mainland South Florida. Tropical storm conditions are possible on Monday evening through Tuesday along the Gulf coast, while the east coast metro area will see windy conditions and periods of showers and storms on Tuesday. Tuesday’s highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.
Wednesday will be a transition day as Elsa moves away from South Florida. Look for a mix of sun and clouds with periods of showers and storms on a brisk breeze. Wednesday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.
Thursday’s forecast calls for good sun and periods of clouds, showers, and storms. Highs on Thursday will be near 90 degrees.
Tropical Storm Elsa
Tropical Storm Elsa was nearing Jamaica and eastern Cuba early on Sunday. At 5 am, Elsa was located near 18.1 North, 75.5 West, with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour. Elsa was moving west-northwest at 14 miles per hour, a slowdown that is expected to lead to a turn to the northwest on Sunday or early Monday. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Florida Keys from Craig Key to the Dry Tortugas, and additional watches or warnings are likely on Sunday.
Elsa’s greatest impacts are expected to be in the Lower and Middle Keys and along the Gulf coast. Residents, there should bring in or secure any outdoor items on Sunday. Elsa’s track and intensity on Sunday will be critical to determining likely impacts to South Florida, so make sure to check for the latest on Elsa during the Fourth of July holiday and be ready to take action.