It will continue to be unseasonably dry through tomorrow with slowly increasing rain chances over the holiday weekend. Expect mostly to partly sunny skies for the rest of the week with highs ranging from the upper 80s at the coast to low 90s inland. Easterly winds will continue to keep coastal locations just a bit cooler than areas inland. The chance for rain stands at 20 percent through Friday, largely in the form of fast-moving marine Atlantic showers pushing onshore, most of which will diminish as they move toward the interior. Rain chances will slowly return to normal by the weekend with the chance for scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
Hurricane Cristobal will continue its path away from the Bahamas and toward Bermuda, and as it gets further away from Central Florida, the beach and ocean impacts will lessen. Seas will relax today to 3 to 4 feet on Thursday, but those in small craft will still want to exercise caution. Dangerous rip and long shore currents will persist at the beaches, therefore swimming is not advised given the hazards; it is recommended that beachgoers check in with a lifeguard for the latest conditions.
Aside from a spotty shower mainly over the coastal counties, a quiet morning is in store as lows fall to the mid- to upper 70s. Fair skies will last through sunrise. Today will offer another mostly dry day, but the chance for rain at 20 percent as east to southeasterly winds take over and start to shift the pattern back to a more seasonable one for this time of year. By the weekend, highs will return to the low to mid-90s with elevated chances for afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
In addition to Cristobal, we are also monitoring a new wave of low pressure in the Central Atlantic. This system has a low chance of development in the next five days as it travels west toward the Lesser Antilles. There is also a broad area of low pressure south of Louisiana that has a very low chance for development in the next 48 hours. It is of some interest though, being close to the shore, so it is now Invest 98L and will be monitored closely. This low is moving west toward the Texas coast. We are approaching the statistical peak of hurricane season, so the increased activity is happening right on schedule.
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