South and central Florida are in for an unsettled stretch of weather for the foreseeable future as a summer-like pattern settles in. Heat and humidity will be on the higher side this week while an onshore wind stays stubborn.
This Monday, a few showers and thunderstorms will develop in the afternoon and become most widespread in the late-afternoon or early-evening. The best chance for rain will be in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties up through Lake Okeechobee. These storms will also be slow-moving, so heavier pockets of rainfall are possible.
On Tuesday, just a few spotty shower or thunderstorm is possible during the day. The best chance for rain Tuesday will be in extreme-South Florida, putting cities like Miami and especially the Naples area in play.
Wednesday will be a nice and quiet day, featuring sunny skies and high temperatures in the 80s along the eastern coast and into the 90s for the western half of the Peninsula up through the Panhandle.
That will all change late-week as a slow-moving mid-level disturbance moves from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic, crossing through Florida in order to do so. Thursday will be a similar day as Tuesday with the best chance for any precipitation in extreme-South Florida.
It’s not until Friday when the activity increases and the chance for rain moves a bit farther north. Showers and thunderstorms will be possible from the Keys up through Marco Island and Fort Lauderdale.
Unfortunately, the weekend will be quite wet with rain and thunderstorms in central and South Florida on Saturday, then most of the state by Sunday. The unsettled weather will persist into at least earty-next week as well. It will also turn a bit unsettled for the central Gulf Coast of the US.
The heaviest of rain will be in South Florida where over two inches of rain will likely fall in some areas. This happens to be the area in the state with the worst drought conditions.