A White Egret takes flight at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines.

A White Egret takes flight at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines. (Robert L. Azmitia, Sun Sentinel)

It should be a warm breezy day with a mix of sun and clouds. Also expect scattered showers - or even a thunderstorm - by this afternoon.

South Florida's Wednesday forecast calls for highs in the low 80s, overnight lows in the low 70s and a 50 percent chance of rain. Thursday should see a few more clouds.

Central Florida's Wednesday forecast: Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid 80s, lows in the mid 60s and a 40 percent chance of rain. Watch out for patchy fog before 7 a.m.

Turbulence in February: from weather expert Jim Lushine:


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Although the peak of the spring severe weather season isn't until April and May, February is no stranger to strong storms, damaging winds and tornadoes.

Active fronts, both cold and warm, and low-pressure areas usually trigger the severe weather.

One of the worst outbreaks was on Feb. 2, 1998 when several twisters carved path of destruction through Miami-Dade and southern Broward County, inflicting $200 million in damage.

Other severe weather incidents in February:

-- In 2008, a tornado that damaged roofs in Plantation;

 -- On Feb. 24, 2010, storms generated large hail and damaging winds in Palm Beach County, including a wind gust of 62 mph measured at Palm Beach International Airport;

-- Last year, on Feb. 14, a weak tornado moved through the parking lot of a Home Depot two miles west of Ocean Ridge, causing minor damage, while a funnel cloud was also observed near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.