In preparation for summer in South Florida, it might be time to load up on more sunscreen. Oh, and keep that umbrella even closer.
With the official start of the season having kicked off on Friday, weather experts say South Floridians can expect the next couple of months to be filled with hotter-than-average temperatures and wetter-than-average afternoons.
While this weekend’s forecast calls for temperatures in the mid- to high-80s, with about a 30 percent to 40 percent chance of rain throughout the day, next week may be hotter and with more afternoon rains, a more accurate barometer of what we can expect this summer.
With the hurricane season in progress, residents may soon see regular afternoon showers and thunderstorms, said Brad Diehl, meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Miami Office.
Diehl said the predictions are based on several factors, such as climate trends, tropical oscillation in the atmosphere, and the condition of El Niños and La Niñas.
For next week, meteorologists predict a 20 percent to 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mostly before 8 p.m., and temperatures to creep close to the 90s.
The good news is temperatures at night will cool a little, into the low 70s, which follows a similar weather trend from last year.
In 2012, the average high temperature between June and August was between 87 to 89 degrees with average lows around 75 degrees.
As for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a 70 percent chance of an above-normal season, with 13 to 20 named storms, seven to 11 hurricanes, and three to six major hurricanes.
There have been two named storms so far. Tropical Storm Andrea dropped rain, winds and three tornadoes in Palm Beach County earlier this month. Tropical Storm Barry, which formed as a tropical depression this week, made landfall in Mexico on Friday, with no damage to our area.
Last summer, Palm Beach County saw two tropical storms that brought heavy rains and tornadoes.
In June, Tropical Storm Debby’s outer bands created rain and tornadoes in South Florida as it lingered in the Gulf of Mexico. Two twisters from the storm made landfall in Palm Beach County.
In August, Tropical Storm Isaac dropped major rain in the area — in some areas up to 18 inches — flooding the western part of the county and causing an estimated $14 million in damage.
The storm also made August the wettest on record, with more than 22 inches of rain recorded at Palm Beach International Airport, breaking the previous record of 20.12 inches set in August 1995.