Weather alert: Wind, rain in South Florida clearing way for a cool Thanksgiving

Here’s something to be thankful for: South Florida weather.

Sure, it’s a little breezy out there. Sure, it’s a little cloudy and rainy, too.

But you could be in Texas with that freezing rain. Or in New Mexico under a whiteout. Or in Boston or New York, chattering to 19 degrees.

You could be stuck in an airport somewhere, waiting to get here.

Most of the nation woke up Monday to temperatures in the 20s, 30s and 40s. Not us.

And while South Florida’s Thanksgiving week forecast isn’t perfect, compared with most of the frozen nation ... well, OK, it’s perfect.

“We’re the hot spot,” CBS4 meteorologist Lissette Gonzalez told her viewers Monday. “We’re very lucky.”

Leading up to a cool and sunny Thursday, the rain chance will be 60 percent Tuesday and 50 percent Wednesday, according to forecasters at the National Weather Service.

But on Wednesday, storms will clear the way for a good thing. The change in the air will arrive Wednesday night, when lows will dip to the mid-50s, with a breeze.

“It will feel more like fall,” Gonzalez said, with a high in the low-70s on Thanksgiving Day and a low of 65 at night. Best of all: The forecast calls for sun and no rain.

Tuesday will be warm and likely rainy — highs in the low 80s and lows in the low-70s — with winds of 15-18 mph and gusts as strong as 24. Rain chance Tuesday night is 80 percent.

If you plan to take a swim in the ocean, be warned: The surf will be rough.

Monday’s conditions created a high risk for riptides, according to the weather service, with an advisory posted until 7 p.m. The advisory continues on Tuesday.

Other than that, the biggest weather risk in South Florida is this: Messy hair.

“Hang on to your umbrella,” Gonzalez said. “The winds are cranking.”

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