Happy Saturday, South Florida!

Hope everyone had a great working week! Mid-May is finally here and the start of the rainy season in South Florida begins on Sunday. But the past few days have really felt the transition period as we have seen severe thunderstorms and heavy showers in South Florida throughout the afternoon. And while our afternoons were a bit more active when it comes to rain and thunderstorms, our mornings were a bit more typical of what we normally see during the dry season. However, this morning we saw a difference in the rain. South Florida started with scattered showers and a few isolated thunderstorms, especially along our coastal areas. This is a sign that the pattern is changing.

An upper level low pressure system has been moving across northern Florida for the past 24 hours or so. This helped trigger thunderstorms on Friday afternoon and will help trigger thunderstorms again this afternoon. Scattered thunderstorms can therefore be expected again in today’s forecast and should be good to see them developing just after noon. We will also notice slightly warmer temperatures than yesterday. Afternoon high temperatures will reach the mid to upper 80s. And to note, the royal tides are back! This means that our high tides are higher than they normally would be. This could result in minor saltwater flooding along our Broward County, Miami Dade and Upper Florida Keys coastal areas.

The last part of the weekend promises some changes. Unlike today’s weather pattern, South Florida can expect showers to start the day. A few thunderstorms in the afternoon will still be possible, but the focal point of any storm activity will be inland. We will therefore qualify the thunderstorms on Sunday afternoon as “hit or miss”. Another notable difference from today will be our afternoon high temperatures which will be a little closer to 90° on Sunday. Many sites in South Florida will hit the upper 80s and some will actually hit the 90s.

Looking ahead, it’s only warming up from there. With winds starting to veer from the south and then the southwest, this will have a direct impact on our afternoon high temperatures. So until the start of the work week (and pretty much all week), temperatures will hit the 90s in many places in South Florida. And while temperatures will be above average every day, no temperature records are expected. And different from this weekend, the upper level low will already be out of our area so the chance of rain and thunderstorms will remain at a minimum for much of the week. However, as we move rapidly towards the end of the working week, we can once again expect scattered showers and thunderstorms in the forecast.

Have a good week-end!

Erika Delgado
Meteorologist
WSVN Channel 7 News

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