Miami-Dade County

Drier, cooler weather in store for weekend

Drier and cooler air is heading our way — just in time for the weekend.

The better weather starts Thursday, with just a 20 percent chance of rain in South Florida. Afternoon temperatures will hit the low-80s before falling to 70 overnight.

The clear skies will be a big change from Wednesday, when downpours made the evening commute painful for many in South Florida.

Radar estimates show that in general, Miami-Dade got between a quarter and half an inch of rain Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. But some isolated areas saw more, including the Kendale Lakes area, which had between one and two inches and Miami Beach, which saw between half an inch to an inch of rain.

Some of the weather made for dangerous driving conditions. In Southwest Miami-Dade, an SUV overturned in the 500 block of Krome Avenue, leaving three people injured and one dead.

Storms were due to activity forming ahead of a front pushing through Broward and Miami-Dade Wednesday night; the same system should continue moving slowly through the Florida Keys on Thursday, when there will be about a 20 percent chance of showers.

Another front of dry air will push down Thursday night, and temperatures by Saturday morning could reach the lower to mid-60s inland and about 71 or 72 along the coast, according to National Weather Service forecaster Barry Baxter.

Saturday night could be downright chilly by South Florida standards: 60 inland, and mid- to upper 60s along the coast. Daytime highs on Saturday and Sunday will be in the low to mid-80s.

Baxter cautioned that winds will pick up Thursday and breezy conditions will continue into Friday.

“The boating conditions won’t be that great, at least through Friday,” he said.

This report was supplemented with information from El Nuevo Herald.