MIAMI (CBS4) – Although South Florida’s weather has improved slightly in comparison to Thursday, a Tropical Storm Warning remains in place for the coast of South Florida and a Wind Advisory has been extended until 11:00 p.m. due to sustained winds ranging from 30 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph throughout the day.
Sandy remains a Category 1 Hurricane bearing down on the Northwestern Bahamas and moving towards the northwest at 10 miles per hour.
Because of the moisture associated with Sandy, South Florida will remain unsettled with some squally weather and passing showers through midday.
Strong winds associated with the storm should keep boaters in port and beachgoers should stay out of the water due to the dangerous high risk of rip currents. South Florida will see the potential for some more beach erosion as well.
Conditions will gradually improve later Friday and Friday night.
Saturday, the winds will still be kicking 20 to 25 mph with gusts as high as 35 mph, but drier air will move in and South Florida will warm up to the mid 80s.
Sunday the winds relax even more and South Florida will enjoy a nice breeze with highs in the low 80s and plenty of sunshine.
A strong cold front arrives early next week and behind it is drier, cooler air that will move in and lows will drop down to the low 60s Monday morning.
Mild afternoons with highs only in the upper 70s and then Tuesday morning, South Florida will wake up to a chilly start with some areas possibly dipping down to the 50s!
Once South Florida gets past this windy and wet weather Friday, we are in for a real treat early next week with the Fall-like weather just in time for Halloween.