Monday marks the first day of summer, but South Florida will be taking a temporary break from storms and sweat.
While there were some afternoon showers and thunderstorms on Father’s Day — and the day before — a cold front pushing through from Lake Okeechobee will drastically lower chances of thunderstorms and high heat for the next few days, said Barry Baxter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
“This front is actually going to make it a little dryer, so it won’t be as humid,” Baxter said. “It’s going to feel warm, but we’re not going to feel that mugginess we’re used to for the next couple days.”
He said the cold front will also keep chances of thunderstorms lower than usual, with only a 20 percent chance of showers until Tuesday night. Wind gusts will be as high 24 mph, and temperatures will drop to highs in the mid-80s and lows in the high-70s.
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But by Wednesday, Baxter said, the weather will be back to normal summer weather, with a 40 percent chance of showers and temperatures in the high-80s.
While the cooler weather will be a change from the weekend’s record-breaking heat, Baxter said beachgoers should watch out for rip currents, with an enhanced rip current risk likely through Tuesday. He said while it’s safe to visit the Atlantic, swimmers should probably avoid going in the water and stay near lifeguards.
Monday also marks the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.