Dry today, showers coming; Tropical Storm Arlene going bye bye

Sun Sentinel

It will be great weather day on Friday - but for Saturday and Sunday, not so much.  And Tropical Storm Arlene is disappearing about as quickly as she appeared.

According to the National Weather Service, it will be mostly sunny Friday with a high in the low 80s.  The brisk winds stay in South Florida's forecast today - coming from the east at 13 to 15 mph, gusting up to 20 mph.

high risk of rip currents remains in effect through Friday evening.

Our weather expert, Jim Lushine, says as the weather changes, so will the wind that has been so persistent for so long:  As an area of low pressure forms near Florida the winds will become lighter and from the south on Saturday and Sunday then shift to a rather unusual west direction on Monday.  The wind shift this weekend will mean an increase in rain chances, while the west wind on Monday will mean hotter than normal temperatures.  The good news is that rip current threat at the beaches will decrease.

Saturday's rain chance stands at 20 percent.  It jumps to 60 percent Sunday.

As for the first storm of 2017, Tropical Storm Arlene that formed Thursday in the Atlantic - about 800 miles of the Azores: At 5 a.m. Friday, Arlene was spinning at 50 mph in the open ocean about 1,135 miles northwest of the Azores.  That's about 2,075 miles from Fort Lauderdale.

Arlene is expected to dissipate over the course of Friday.

 

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