Weekend weather forecast for South Florida includes storms

Did you wake up to the sound of thunder?

With apologies to songwriter Bob Seger, if you’ve sat down and wondered “how far,” Miami’s National Weather Service can tell you: not far at all for the next few days.

Scattered thunderstorms expected Friday afternoon and evening will recur Saturday and Sunday from the Keys to Palm Beach County. And they will persist through the work week, the weather service warns in a hazardous weather outlook.

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An Impressionist Monet? No. On the contrary, the wet view outside your windows, seen here in Miami on Friday, August 5, 2022, is likely to recur throughout the weekend and work week, according to the National Weather Service in Miami. . Thunderstorms are forecast for Miami-Dade, Broward, the Keys and Palm Beach County. Howard Cohen [email protected]

The strongest of these storms could bring heavy and potentially flooding rain, strong wind gusts exceeding 40 mph and lots of lightning.

Saturday and Sunday appear to be the wettest in South Florida with a 60% chance of rain and storms. The percentage drops to 50% on Monday and 40% on Tuesday.

What about this heat?

Of course, when it rains, it cools down a bit. Friday morning in Miami, for example, it was just 79 degrees.

But highs are still expected to hit the upper 80s and 90s for next week – and beyond. It’s August.

Heat index values ​​- what the temperature will feel like on your body – should be around 105 degrees. At 105, that’s not hot enough to trigger a heat warning or alert since those trigger at 108, but it’s high enough to cause heat stroke and other complications. Make sure you are well hydrated and avoid long exposure to direct sunlight.

What about rip currents?

The risk of rip currents is expected to increase to a high level along Atlantic beaches this weekend and early next week, according to the Miami Weather Service.

If you’re heading for the beach – between the raindrops, perhaps – swim near a lifeguard.

Look at the tropics

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The National Hurricane Center’s tropics map for Friday, August 5, 2022 reports no likely activity over the weekend. National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center reports that all is calm for now in the tropics. No tropical cyclone activity is expected for the next 48 hours, meteorologists said Friday morning.

However, it’s August and NOAA says activity is expected to ramp up soon, the Miami Herald reported.

WPLG hurricane specialist Michael Lowry wrote on his blog Eye on the Tropics that after this weekend’s “gloriously calm week” ended, “next week we will follow the conga line of disturbances aligned with Africa which will take place in the tropical Atlantic.

This story was originally published August 5, 2022 10:46 a.m.

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, winner of the 2017 Media Excellence Awards, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, city government, and general missions. He began his career in the Features department of the Miami Herald in 1991.
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