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Typical August Weather; We’re Tracking Three Disturbances

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typicalSouth Florida will see a typical August day on Thursday — early showers, plenty of heat, and maybe an afternoon storm. After those early coastal showers in spots, Thursday features a mix of hot sun and clouds, followed by mostly inland afternoon storms forming along the sea breeze. Highs on Thursday will be in the low 90s near the coast and the sticky mid 90s inland.

typicalA bit of drier air will move in on Friday, so we’ll see hazy sun and just a stray shower or storm. Friday’s highs will be mostly in the low 90s, with higher readings well inland.

Moisture will be back on Saturday, bringing passing showers and storms. Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Sunday will feature clouds, passing showers, and storms in spots. Highs on Sunday will be in the low 90s.

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Monday will bring an early shower in spots, a mix of sun and clouds, and a few afternoon storms to dodge as we view (with proper eye protection) the partial solar eclipse. Monday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

typicalWe’re watching the very busy tropics. In the central Atlantic, the wave about 550 miles east of the Lesser Antilles has a high chance of developing into a depression. In any case, it will bring heavy rains and gusty winds to the islands late Thursday and into Friday. It is then forecast to track westward across the Caribbean toward Central America.

The wave now in the center of the Atlantic bears close watching. It has a medium chance of developing before reaching an area of unfavorable conditions in a few days. We’ll watch this one especially closely, because computer models bring it (or its moisture) near us by the middle of next week. And a third wave near the Cape Verde Islands has a medium chance of developing during the next 5 days.

Finally, Hurricane Gert is racing to the east-northeast at 39 miles per hour. At 5 am Thursday, Gert was located near 41.7 North, 54.0 West, and had top winds of 100 miles per hour. It will weaken and lose its tropical characteristics over the cold waters of the north Atlantic, far from land.

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.