MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The dog days of summer are here. Wednesday, highs almost reached the mid-90′s and Thursday it’s going to heat up once again to near record levels.
In fact, some areas may tie or break a record high.
The CBS4 weather team is forecasting a high of 94 degrees in Miami; the old record is 96 degrees set back in 1940. In Ft. Lauderdale CBS4 is forecasting a high around 93 degrees with the old record being 98 degrees set back in 1975.
And that’s not all.
When you factor in the humidity, it will feel more like the 100′s across South Florida which means that everyone should take the necessary precautions, drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
The average high this time of year: 91 degrees.
The reason for the above-normal temperatures is due to the fact that we have winds at the surface out of the southwest and west over the land and that helps to heat the area up even more than usual. With a southwesterly steering flow in place, any storms that develop in the afternoon will favor the east coast metro areas.
Thursday some drier air will move in which should help to keep the rain chance down to 10% through tonight.
Highs will continue to climb to the low 90′s through Saturday and with an increase in moisture, there will be a better chance of afternoon and evening storms through the weekend.
By next week, once the winds shift out of the East, our highs should drop a bit closer to normal.
The tropics are heating up as well as we continue to track Tropical Storm Dorian in the Eastern Atlantic moving towards the WNW at 17 mph with max sustained winds of 60 miles per hour.
Dorian will be steered towards the west over the next few days by a Bermuda high in the Central Atlantic. The current forecast track indicates Dorian may be near, or to the north of the Lesser Antilles by Monday.
Dorian may be moving towards the Caribbean Islands by early next week if it survives some drier air, wind shear and an upper level low that may help to weaken the storm.
There is still a lot of uncertainty and the CBS4 weather team will be watching the situation as it develops.
In addition to Dorian, we are watching a an area of low pressure a few hundred miles east of Bermuda with a low potential of development as it moves towards the northwest and then north at 15 miles per hour.