South Florida’s Memorial Day will be windy and rainy at times as we continue to deal with moisture from Subtropical Storm Alberto. Monday features clouds, some sun at times, gusty winds, and periods of showers. As we saw on Saturday night and Sunday, the exact track of bands of heavy showers will determine how much rain we get — or if the heaviest downpours remain well offshore. The flood watch for South Florida has been extended until at least 6 pm on Monday because our ground is still saturated from nearly 2 weeks of rain. And a high risk of dangerous rip currents remains in effect at all South Florida beaches on what will definitely not be a good beach day. Monday’s highs will be in the mid 80s.
Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle around midday on Monday, but the area is already getting heavy rains and strong winds. At 5 am Monday, Alberto was located near 28.6 North, 86.2 West, and was moving northwest at 7 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 65 miles per hour. A tropical storm warning remains in effect from the Suwanee River to the Mississippi/Alabama border. Alberto will weaken after landfall but remain a major rain event for the southeastern states and the Mississippi Valley.
Back in South Florida, the workweek will gradually transition into our usual rainy season pattern. Look for periods of showers, clouds, and some sun on Tuesday. A high risk of dangerous rip currents will remain at the Gulf beaches, and the risk of rip currents will decrease to a moderate level along the Atlantic coast. Highs on Tuesday will be in the mid 80s. Wednesday will bring some sun, clouds, and passing showers. Wednesday’s highs will be in the mid 80s. Thursday will feature a mix of sun and clouds, and we’ll also see some showers at times. Thursday’s highs will be in the mid to upper 80s. Friday’s forecast will include sun, clouds, and periods of showers. Highs on Friday will be mostly in the upper 80s.