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Warm Start, Stormy Finish

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South Florida will be off to a warm start on Sunday, but the finish will be decidedly stormy as a front moves in. Sunday features a few early coastal showers, and the first part of the day will see hot sun and some clouds on a building breeze. East coast locations, especially in Palm Beach County, will see a line of showers and storms (including some strong storms) in advance of the front, starting around mid-afternoon. A high risk of dangerous rip currents remains in place at the Atlantic beaches. Highs on Sunday will be mostly in the upper 80s.

More showers and storms to move in with the front late on Sunday through the overnight hours of Monday. Strong storms — with heavy rain, gusty winds, dangerous lightning, and small hail — are possible. The front will exit our area early Monday morning, so some lingering showers will give way to sun and clouds. A moderate risk of dangerous rip currents will be in effect at both the Atlantic and Gulf beaches. Monday’s highs will be near 80 degrees.

Tuesday morning will be cool, with lows ranging from the low 60s near the east coast and the 50s elsewhere. The day will bring good sun and a few clouds. Tuesday’s highs will be near 80 degrees.

Wednesday will feature good sun and a few clouds at times. Wednesday’s highs will be in the low 80s.

Thursday’s forecast includes plenty of sun, a few clouds, and maybe a stray coastal shower. Highs on Thursday will be in the mid 80s.

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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.