After midweek rains left streets flooded in Lauderhill and soaked other cities in South Florida, the weather forecast for the weekend is for clear skies.
“A cold front will move through Friday during the day, temperatures will only drop a few degrees and we’ll have highs at 80 and upper 60s for the low temperature, with less humidity,” said Stephen Konarik, a senior forecaster and meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami. “Less humidity is probably the only thing people will notice.”
Rain of up to six inches that fell Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in Lauderhill, prompted officials to close West Wind Park, at 4550 NW 82nd Ave.
“What happened overnight is we had a relatively small band of heavy rain set up over the Lauderhill area, and those areas had 4-to-6 inches of rain, according to our radar estimates and gauge measurements reported to us,” said Konarik.
The South Florida Water Management District reported 24 hours of estimated rainfall as of 7 a.m. Wednesday for other parts of the region. Boca Raton received 1.24 inches of rain; Lauderdale Lakes, 4.59 inches; Coconut Creek, 4.66 inches; Fort Lauderdale, 5.33 inches and in Plantation, 4.29 inches.
Randy Smith, spokesman for the South Florida Water Management District, said it saw the radar and rain forecast and lowered the water level of the nearby C-13 canal so that Lauderhill could release as much storm water into it as it possible.
“Unfortunately, it looks like the concentrated rainfall of about 6 inches in localized neighborhoods was more stormwater runoff than Lauderhill’s pumps were able to discharge, leading to some flooding,” Smith said.
A Lauderhill official at city hall and at the public works department could not be reached for comment.
The Weather Service had issued a flood advisory for central Broward County for early Wednesday morning that ended by midday, but high water remained in some parts. It predicts mainly dry conditions Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“Scattered showers Wednesday afternoon should diminish by evening and overnight, and there may be a few showers Thursday,” said Konarik, from the Weather Service.
In a press release, Lauderhill officials warned of flooded streets and asked residents to avoid them and report locations to its website here.