A low-pressure system coming from the Gulf of Mexico will likely drench South Florida for the next two days and could produce “isolated tornadoes,” according to the National Weather Service.
The system began moving Tuesday night, and the rain was expected to begin Wednesday morning, according to meteorologist Barry Baxter. There could be strong storm cells bringing wind gusts of 60 mph, he said. South Florida may get at least an inch and a half of rain over the next two days.
“We are expecting a good amount of rain,” he said.
The wet weather will bring warmer temperatures. High temperatures for the next two days should be in the upper 70s, with lows in the lower 70s.
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By Friday, a cold front is expected to come in from the north, slightly lowering the temperature. The low for Saturday morning is expected to be around 50 degrees.
“It will be a bit cooler by the end of the week,” he said. “But nothing too cold.”
Brian McClure, Bay News 9 meteorologist, predicted some storms could be strong near coast as thunderstorms move in Wednesday making severe weather possible from morning to mid-afternoon
Rain should develop after midnight. Rain and thunderstorms will be in the area at dawn Wednesday and continue into Thursday.
A cold front moving into the northern Gulf of Mexico will stall across north Florida Wednesday. Low pressure will develop in the Gulf with moist unstable air streaming into central and south Florida.
Florida has the potential for two or more separate severe weather events Wednesday into Thursday.
Flash flooding is possible Wednesday south of a line from Sarasota to Lake Wales.
There will be a lull in the rain Wednesday evening. Then the actual cold front will move through Thursday, resulting in some rain showers.
All of it will come to an end by Thursday evening. Highs Thursday will be in the 60s.
Friday will be cooler, but sunny skies will return.