MIAMI (CBS Miami) — More heavy rainfall is on the way for parts of South Florida. Showers have been steady over the area since early Wednesday morning leading to nearly 2 inches of rainfall in some areas. The heavy rainfall could again impact the afternoon drive time.
A lot of deep tropical moisture is sitting right over the region and with that in place, there will be heavy rainfall developing Wednesday afternoon. The weather doesn’t get much better over the next couple of days as the chance for showers and a couple of thunderstorms will stay in the forecast Thursday.
Computer models are not in agreement as to when the moisture will retreat and allow drier air to return.
Rainfall totals through Friday could reach an additional 3 inches or more in some areas of far southern Miami-Dade County and the Keys while 2 to 3 inches of rain are forecast for northern Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
Flooding will be a problem in low-lying areas and on roadways. Do not drive down a street with water of unknown depth.
Highs Wednesday afternoon will be held down and should top out in the lower 80s with thick cloud cover in place. Winds will be steady out of the east between 15 and 20mph. However, higher gusts near 25mph are likely.
Tonight, lows will hover around 75-degrees with showers overnight.
While the rain will curtail beachgoers, rip currents will remain a major concern at the beaches. Remember to heed the warnings from lifeguards. If you get caught in a rip current, remember to try and stay calm and swim parallel to the shoreline until you are free from the current.
Small craft should exercise caution as marine conditions will deteriorate for boaters due to the heavy rainfall over the Atlantic. East winds will reach 15 to 20 knots with gusts closer to 30 knots. Seas could reach 6 feet at times. The bays and inland waters will be choppy.
Thursday, there will be more clouds and rain and winds out of the east between 10 and 15mph. Highs will reach the lower 80s again.
Friday, showers and thunderstorms are expected, but there’s a chance of a little more sunshine.