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Tropical Storm heading toward Florida; Locally quiet weather through most of the weekend

Tropical Storm Isaias (pronounced: ees-ah-EE-ahs) was named last night and is currently moving over the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The latest forecast has Isaias strengthening to a category 1 hurricane near the Bahamas late Friday or early Saturday. It will then travel along or near Florida’s eastern coastline Sunday and continue along the East Coast Monday.

For the southeastern states, impacts relating to strong winds and flooding rain will have to be monitored over the weekend. A Hurricane Warning has been issued for the Bahamas (shown in light purple) and a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for southeastern Florida (shown in dark blue).

Locally, temperatures will become slightly warmer over the first half of the weekend. Highs on Friday will reach about 80 degrees. Saturday, highs will warm to the lower or middle 80s. Sunday’s high will be near 80 degrees, then a cold front will move through our area. That cold front will provide a chance of showers late Sunday and early Monday, followed by colder temperatures beginning on Monday. Highs will be only in the lower 70s early next week.

Friday: Mostly sunny. Predawn lows will be near 57 degrees. Temperatures will rise to about 70 degrees at 10 a.m. Afternoon highs will reach close to 80 degrees. Early-evening temperatures will be in the lower 70s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and slightly warmer. Early-morning temperatures will be in the upper 50s. Late-morning temperatures will get into the lower 70s. Afternoon highs will warm to about 83 degrees. Early-evening temperatures will be in the middle 70s.

Sunday: Increasing clouds and a chance of evening showers. Predawn temperatures will be near 60 degrees. Late-morning temperatures will be close to 70 degrees. Afternoon highs will reach about 80 degrees. Early-evening temperatures will be in the middle 70s.

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