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Tropics Heat Up; Sunday Showers For Florida With Drier Air On The Way

Sunday features partly sunny skies with periods of showers in the east coast metro area, while the Gulf coast will enjoy lots of sun with just a few late afternoon showers..  A moderate risk of dangerous rip currents remains along the Palm Beach County coast.  Highs on Sunday will be in the upper 80s in the east coast metro area and the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

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Monday will bring drier air and sunny skies as we feel the effects of the first weak cold front of the season.  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 feature more of the same — lots of sun with a few clouds and maybe a stray shower in spots.  Tuesday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

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Wednesday will see a bit more moisture but plenty of sun.  Look for a few showers and maybe a storm in the mid to late afternoon.  Wednesday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

Thursday’s forecast calls for good sun with some passing showers and maybe a storm.  Highs on Thursday will be in the upper 80s again.

In the tropics, Hurricane Sam is now a powerful major hurricane.  At 5 am, Sam was located near 13.8 North, 39.7 West, about 940 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands.  Maximum sustained winds were 145 miles per hour, and Sam was moving west-northwest at 8 miles per hour.  There are no watches and warnings at this time, and Sam is forecast to make a northwesterly and then northerly turn in the days ahead, keeping it far from the Bahamas and Florida.

Elsewhere, the remnants of Peter have a low chance of becoming a depression again during the next five days as they move northeastward.  A wave expected to emerge off the African coast on Monday has a medium chance of developing as it makes its way through the eastern Atlantic.  And an area of low pressure is expected to form a few hundred miles west of that wave.  That feature has a low chance of development during the week ahead.

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.