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Wet Week Ahead for Florida

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- Rain chances nearly every day through Saturday

- Highest chances by the end of the week

- Thunderstorms possible, especially inland


Florida’s rainy season typically starts near the end of May.  While it may not officially be here just yet, this week’s weather will sure look and feel like it. A steady stream of moisture will act upon daytime heat and instability to produce numerous showers and thunderstorms nearly every afternoon. The location and timing of the storms will certainly vary each day, but chances are high that you will hear the thunder roll a few times in the coming days.

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Sea Breezes Early in the Week

A weak wind pattern will allow sea breezes to be the primary trigger for showers and thunderstorms Monday through Wednesday. Moisture is a bit meager Monday, so coverage will be sparse and primarily confined to central and south Florida. By Tuesday and Wednesday, a deeper pool of moisture will move overhead and lead to greater coverage and intensity of the afternoon storms, many of them making their way further north and affecting more inland locations by late afternoon. Severe wind damage or hail is not expected, but it’s possible that a few cells could be strong enough to produce heavy rain, frequent lightning and gusty winds.


Stronger Front Later in the Week

Upper level dynamics associated with an approaching front will be the driving force of thunderstorm activity Thursday through Saturday. Rather than a typical afternoon or evening event, the showers may form earlier in the day or linger later at night. Some of the storms, especially if they develop during the warmest parts of the day, could be capable of becoming strong or severe. However, being that this is still several days away, the specifics on when they might hit and their associated hazards are not yet ascertainable.




Sources include nearest National Weather Service office, National Hurricane Center, and the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (@FloridaStorms).
Sources include nearby emergency management agencies, FEMA, and your local NPR affiliate. 
Sources include the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Highway Patrol and other nearby traffic information.

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