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Showers, thunderstorms stay in South Florida's weather picture through the weekend

This is the Sunshine State, right?

South Florida’s weather during the last week — and the forecast for the coming days may have you thinking otherwise.

A hefty chance of rain sticks around through the weekend and into the new week. After Tuesday or so there should be some “relief,” if you want to call it that, when our regular rainy season pattern resumes.

A good news/bad news prediction from retired NWS meteorologist Jim Lushine: After a week of daily heavy rain there will be a lessening of the wet stuff next week. It will actually begin Sunday afternoon when we will see some welcome sunshine. There will still be showers next week — just not as many as recently. However, by next weekend you will be hearing the name Alberto, the first tropical storm of 2018, which will likely form to our southwest and move into the Gulf of Mexico, bringing...you guessed it...more heavy rain.

Here is the NWS forecast for the next few days in South Florida:

Friday

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 83. Southeast wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Low around 74. Southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 81. Southeast wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 2am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Low around 75. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Sunday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 8am and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Southeast wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 76. Southeast wind around 10 mph.

Monday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Southeast wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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