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

 

jkleinman@MiamiHerald.com

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.”

Read more Miami-Dade stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category