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So long, you nasty storms. Hello, dry and cool weather

Drivers along Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast Eighth Street deal with flooded streets during the afternoon drive on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.
Drivers along Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast Eighth Street deal with flooded streets during the afternoon drive on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. El Nuevo Herald

After two days of relentless rain, floods and thunderstorms, Thursday is expected to be much drier, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures early Thursday were in the upper-60s.

Storms  through the night were gone by early morning. At 10 p.m., heavy rain flooded the Interstate 95 south ramp to State Road 112 West-Airport, forcing officials to shut down the ramp. The lanes are back open Thursday morning.

“It should be a dry commute,” said Larry Kelly, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

A cold-front pushing through the Florida peninsula was the culprit in the severe soaking, which also came with lightning, flooding and high winds. Thursday’s weather is expected to be mainly dry — 10 percent chance of rain — with lows in the low 60s and highs in the mid-80s.

The same pattern is expected for Mother’s Day weekend.

The expected dry conditions led forecasters to issue a fire weather watch from Friday morning through Saturday evening. South Florida had been very dry prior to the recent storms, and with the dry, warm weather coming, those conditions will resume.

“It is going to be extremely dry,” Kelly said. “The conditions may lead to brush fires.”

But that was not the case Tuesday and Wednesday when heavy rain and wind led the National Weather Service to issue flood and marine advisories. At one point, boaters were warned that winds could be up to 34 knots in Biscayne Bay and on the Atlantic Ocean.

A flood advisory was in effect for Northeast Miami-Dade and Broward for several hours Wednesday, and rain pounded already saturated areas.

By 8 p.m. Wednesday, Miami Executive Airport, formerly known as Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport in southwest Miami-Dade, logged 4.15 inches of rain for the day. At Miami International Airport, rain was logged at 2.26 inches.

Flights were grounded at Miami International Airport for several hours; flooding was reported in areas of Doral and downtown Miami; and the bad weather led to the cancellation of Wednesday night’s Art Talk event in South Beach.

Hialeah firefighters responded to a fire at an apartment complex Wednesday that was likely caused by a lightning strike, according to CBS4.

The wet weather also impacted roads with major tie-ups after the southbound ramp of I-95 heading toward State Road 112 West was closed Wednesday evening due to flooding .

“Anytime it rains, our accidents increase,” Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Sanchez said. “When the roads are wet, drivers need to be extra careful.”

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