Miami-Dade County

Can it even get more hot and stormy? You’re about to find out

Get those umbrellas ready: Wednesday is expected to bring thunderstorms to the region, particularly the western portion of Miami-Dade County
Get those umbrellas ready: Wednesday is expected to bring thunderstorms to the region, particularly the western portion of Miami-Dade County cjuste@miamiherald.com

It's typical summer in South Florida: storms, heat, more storms and some rip currents.

Wednesday is expected to bring thunderstorms to the region, particularly the western portion of Miami-Dade County, according to the National Weather Service, which issued a hazardous weather outlook for South Florida Wednesday morning.

Basically we have just a situation kind of typical for summer where some thunderstorms will develop.

Stephen Konarik, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service

A moderate risk of rip currents is forecast for beaches across the Atlantic coast pn Wednesday, before subsiding later in the week, said Stephen Konarik, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

“Basically we have just a situation kind of typical for summer where some thunderstorms will develop, closer to the coast, then push inland to the suburbs over the course of the afternoon,” Konarik said.

There is a 40 percent chance of rainfall Wednesday and Thursday, he said, with the highest probability of storms in the afternoon. Moving into the weekend, the chance of rain is expected to uptick slightly to 50 percent Friday and Saturday and then dip back to 40 percent Sunday.

50 percentChance of rain in South Florida on Friday and Saturday

And it’ll be hot: The heat index will likely be between 100 and 105 degrees Wednesday and later in the week — usual for South Florida this time of year, Konarik said.

As storms roll in, Konarik said caution with storms is paramount.

“This time of year, lightning is always a main threat, but often it’s an underrated risk,” he said.

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