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Beautiful weather to start the week!

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AFTERNOON UPDATE...

With abundant sunshine this afternoon, temperatures peak in the mid to upper 70s with a light northerly breeze.

Tomorrow, after a bit milder of a start than this morning,  the afternoon will feature a mostly sunny sky with temps a few degrees warmer than today.  Wednesday, clouds will increase and we can't rule out a late day shower as some of the remnants from Irma work  up in our direction.  Those remnants will be around for a couple of days, so we'll continue with a shower chance through the end of the week. 

Meteorologist Mark Dixon 

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CHILLY THIS MORNING

Did you wake up with your blanket this morning?  The area of high pressure responsible for this good fortune is nearly overhead this morning, which is bringing about another chilly morning.  Temperatures are in the 40s in much of the state, while some of the typically milder spots are in the lower-50s.

WARMING TREND EARLY NEXT WEEK

Outstanding weather will come today and tomorrow.  The high will remain firmly in control of our weather, keeping our skies mostly sunny.  The air mass will warm up, too.  Today, the mercury will climb into the upper 70s – possibly near 80 in some spots and will climb a little further tomorrow, with some locations experiencing highs in the lower-80s.  Near the coast, a sea breeze will develop since steering winds will be light, translating into highs only in the middle 70s there.  Tonight will still be on the cool side, with clear skies and lows in the 40s and lower 50s.  Tomorrow night will be slightly milder; lows will be in the middle to upper 50s.

UNSETTLED WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

Our luck will start to change Wednesday, as remnants of Irma start to move closer.  Gradually, moisture will flow from the remnants of the storm, across the Ohio Valley and into the northeastern U.S.  Its impact on us will be an increasing amount of humidity and clouds Wednesday, and then the possibility of scattered showers and thunderstorms Wednesday night, Thursday, Friday and possibly Saturday morning.  This activity will not be incredibly organized, so peek-a-boo sunshine may also come about at times.  The occasional breaks in the clouds will help boost temperatures into the lower 80s each day.  With the higher humidity, these low-80s will be a more “tropical” feeling low-80s.

TRENDING DRIER NEXT WEEKEND

Although showers may still linger Saturday, weather will improve.  By Sunday, a front will have passed and a high pressure system will be moving into the region.  This system will help clear moisture out of the region and allow for sunshine, dry air and comfortable warmth to return; after lows in the 50s, highs will reach into the 70s. 

HURRICANE IRMA

Irma has proved to be an incredible storm, with awesome might.

Position and Track

Irma made two U.S. landfalls, one on Cudjoe Key and its second on Marco Island, FL.  The eye then passed by Bonita Springs, and east of Fort Meyers.  Its trajectory continues to take it on an almost due northerly track,  Its coverage is across almost all of Florida, with near hurricane force wind from the keys to the Georgia line and everywhere in between.

Wind

The storm currently is a Category 1 storm, with sustained wind of 85 miles per hour, with higher gusts.  As the eye wall was passing by Naples yesterday, we saw a wind gust up to 142 MPH.  Now that the eye is over land, weakening will continue, and should become tropical storm status sometime this morning.

Hurricane Jose is a strong Category 3 storm with 115 MPH wind.  It will remain over the open water of the Atlantic for the next five days.  We will need to keep an eye on it: some European and GFS runs have been suggesting an eventual eastern U.S. landfall around September 19-20.  In the latest suite, the GFS is suggesting it may go just east of Cape Cod, MA and bring strong wind and rain.  The latest European is suggesting it would go safely out to sea, east of New England.

Have a great week!

The Channel 3 Early Warning Weather Team

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