MIAMI (CBS4) – A windy start to the week across South Florida with some fast-moving showers blowing in on the breeze.
Hang onto that umbrella!
South Florida will see sustained winds out from the east at 15 to 25 mph with gusts as high as 30 miles per hour due to high pressure in control. Because of the strong winds, the National Weather Service has issued a Small Craft Advisory for boaters through Tuesday due to choppy conditions on the waters with seas running from 4 to 6 feet.
At the beach, there is a high risk of dangerous rip currents though Tuesday, so if you’re planning on going to the beach it is not advised that you go into the water.
“When you take one step in, you can get knocked over and swept out, so you have to be very familiar with what you’re getting into,” said Chief Breck Ballou from Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue.
Red flags, meaning dangerous surf conditions, and purple flags, meaning dangerous marine life, are flying at lifeguard stands up and down the coast.
Those red flags didn’t stop Humberto Mojica and his family from enjoying a day of sunbathing. They’re visiting from New York.
“Right now we probably close to 20’s and here you guys are around 70, so it’s much better than 2-3 inches of snow,” said Mojica.
An area of low pressure is forecast to develop in the Gulf of Mexico by Monday night which will deepen and move over the Florida panhandle and over Georgia by Tuesday afternoon. Ahead of the low, a warm front will develop and move northward which will help to squeeze out some scattered showers.
The cold front associated with the low will move through South Florida Wednesday and the rain chance will remain high through the middle of the week. The cold front should clear the state by Thursday just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday and we’ll enjoy a significant cool down.
Some inland locations may dip down to upper 50s inland with the low to mid 60s near the coast by Thursday morning. It will feel more like Fall during the afternoon with highs in the mid to upper 70s.
On Black Friday, shoppers can expect highs in the upper 70s as temperatures start to warm back up slightly.