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Wednesday Storms And Heat

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Storms and heat are in the forecast for South Florida on Wednesday (and for the days ahead).  Wednesday features the usual muggy start with sun and clouds, followed by storms and showers forming along the sea breezes in the afternoon.  We could see periods of heavy rain, especially in the east coast metro area.  A moderate risk of dangerous rip currents continues at the Atlantic beaches.  Highs on Wednesday will be near 90 degrees right along the east coast and a bit hotter elsewhere.
Thursday will bring showers and storms again, with the Gulf coast seeing a bit less of it.  Thursday’s highs will be in the sticky low 90s.
Friday will see sun, clouds, and afternoon showers and storms.  Friday’s highs will be in the low 90s.
Saturday will feature hot sun, building clouds, and showers and storms in the afternoon.  Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s.
Look for more of the same on Sunday — sun, clouds, humidity, and late-day showers and storms.  Highs on Sunday will be in the low 90s.
In the tropics, the remnants of Beryl are in the southern and central Bahamas.  The National Hurricane Center gives what’s left of Beryl a medium chance of redeveloping  over the Atlantic during the next 5 days.  Elsewhere, Chris is now a strong category 2 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour.  At 5 am Wednesday, Chris was located near 35.3 North, 69.9 West, more than 300 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.  Chris was barreling northeast at 22 miles per hour.  It will pass over or very near Newfoundland as an extratropical system late on Thursday.
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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.