Weekend forecast: Bluster then rain as chilly temps move in


Bluster and rain will mark this weekend as wind continues today followed by cold front-induced showers Sunday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Arlena Moses said today should be pleasant with some sunshine, high temperatures in the mid-70s and little chance of rain. The overnight low is forecast to dip only to 69 degrees at Palm Beach International Airport — 12 degrees warmer than normal.

But it might not be the best beach day. Gusty east winds to 21 mph mean a high risk of rip currents along Atlantic shores from Jupiter to the Keys through this evening. With winds over the water gusting to a possible 40 mph, a small craft advisory is in effect through 10 a.m. Sunday.

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The wind is a function of a high pressure system over the region rubbing up against a stationary boundary stretching from the Bahamas into the Gulf of Mexico. That boundary will be pulled back north as a low pressure system develops in the Gulf and moves across North Florida late Sunday into Monday.

“As we go through Sunday, definitely we see the rain chances come up a bit and we’re also looking at the potential for thunderstorms,” Moses said.

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Sunday’s forecast includes a 30 to 60 percent chance of rain during the day with an up to 80 percent chance overnight. Thunderstorms are mentioned in the forecast for Sunday night and Monday morning. Temperatures Sunday should be in the mid-to high 70s ahead of the front.

While Monday remains mostly cloudy, north winds behind the cool front will pull in drier air on Tuesday and decreasing temperatures.

Monday’s overnight low is forecast to drop to the mid-50s near the coast and possibly dip into the 40s farther inland. Tuesday’s high temperature will struggle to reach 70 degrees.

“It will be chilly,” Moses said. “Just remember, we only have a month or two left before we are back into the air conditioning.”

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