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National Weather Service Miami Florida
736 am EDT sun Apr 26 2015

middle/upper level high pressure to our south and deep/moderate SW
flow today will lead to mostly clear conditions for a good part of
the day, along with breezy SW winds gusting to over 20 kts at
times. As temperatures heat up into the 90s this afternoon, scattered
clouds around 4000 feet will develop. Late day storms are a slight
possibility primarily in the Palm Beach area, not enough to
warrant mention of precipitation in tafs but something we'll keep a close
eye on during the day. /Molleda


Previous discussion... /issued 729 am EDT sun Apr 26 2015/

just a quick heads up on an early morning update to the coastal waters forecast and
placing a scec statement up for Lake Okeechobee. The South Florida
water management towers have been reporting SW 15-17 knots for
the past couple of hours which is in alignment with the Atlantic
waters along with the observation at Settlement Point.


Previous discussion... /issued 415 am EDT sun Apr 26 2015/


The major synoptic features early this morning include a surface
ridge extending into the Florida Straits and across the Florida
Peninsula. A weak cold front is sinking southward across the
southeastern states with deep layered moisture across north and
central Florida. Southwesterly surface winds will prevail across
the region today and is forecast to suppress the East Coast sea
breeze. The combination of deep layered moisture remaining north
of the region today and a ridge at the middle to upper levels across
the central Gulf should result in only isolated chances of
afternoon showers and thunderstorms and expected mainly in the
northeastern part of the peninsula and adjacent Atlantic waters.
The latest temperature guidance indicates that maximum
temperatures could reach near record levels for this date with the
lower 90s to middle 90s possible across the Atlantic coast metropolitan
areas and near the middle 90s in the interior regions. This could
result in the heat index ranging from around 100 to 104 degrees
across portions of the interior and Atlantic coast metropolitan areas
this afternoon.

Smoke from fires in the Yucatan Peninsula will continue to move
northward and eastward into the western and central Gulf and may
contribute to locally hazy skies the next few days.

There was considerable convective feedback in the 00z GFS around
00z on Tuesday in the northern Gulf and by Tuesday 18z a deep
surface low was forecast in the eastern Gulf but could be a
result of the convective feedback. Neither the sref or the 00z
European model (ecmwf) model had this feature. But previous GFS runs were in basic
agreement with the current sref and 00z European model (ecmwf) depicting deep
layered moisture across the region and the potential for showers
and thunderstorms across the region on Tuesday.

By Wednesday guidance indicates a deepening surface low and
developing frontal system extending to near North Florida with
deep layered moisture continuing with widespread showers and
thunderstorms forecast. Thursday and Friday a gradual drying trend
is forecast with the cold front passing through...but there
continues to be considerable uncertainty with the extended


Southwesterly winds will prevail across the regional waters
today with winds across the Atlantic waters generally in the 10
to 15 knot range except for the off shore waters to the east of
Palm Beach County where 15 to 20 knots is forecast with a
precautionary statement in effect this morning. Southwesterly
winds are forecast to continue tonight through Monday. There will
continue to be uncertainty in the wind forecast with a complex
synoptic pattern developing the next several days.


Preliminary point temps/pops...
West Palm Beach 94 76 88 72 / 20 20 40 30
Fort Lauderdale 95 78 90 77 / 10 10 40 30
Miami 95 78 91 76 / 10 10 40 30
Naples 89 79 91 73 / 10 10 20 20


Mfl watches/warnings/advisories...


Short term...30/kob
long term....30/kob

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