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Early morning rains bring hint of what the weekend can expect in South Florida

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Here comes the rain again but don’t complain too much.

After days of record or near-record heat, the incoming tropical moisture that’s already bringing showers and storms to parts of Miami-Dade and Broward will keep temperatures down through the weekend.

Relatively speaking, of course.

Highs are still forecast to hit 88 degrees Friday and Saturday, and get a bit hotter Sunday as the rain probability is 50% into the work week. The heat index will make it feel like 95 degrees in Miami on Friday, the Weather Channel said.

Activity started early Friday, with a downpour over the Golden Glades in the North Miami-area, reported CBS4 meteorologist Dave Warren.

The rains are also in Pembroke Pines and Miami Lakes and the National Weather Service in Miami says these — and potential storms Friday and more likely over the weekend, could produce strong winds up to 50 mph, frequent lightning, possible flooding in low-lying areas, and small hail.

There is also an elevated risk for rip currents through this weekend in Palm Beach County.

Rip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water. Rip currents account for 80% of beach rescues, and can be dangerous or deadly if you don't know what to do. This video shows you how to break the grip of the rip.

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