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King tide is back. So how high will the water rise this time?

Yaneisy Duenas, left, and Ferando Sanudo walk through the flooded parking lot to their boat at the Haulover Marine Center on November 14, 2016 in North Miami, Florida.
Yaneisy Duenas, left, and Ferando Sanudo walk through the flooded parking lot to their boat at the Haulover Marine Center on November 14, 2016 in North Miami, Florida. Getty Images

An understandably weather-weary South Florida can’t be too excited to learn that king tide returns Friday and through the weekend.

After all, a month ago the king tide, plus some crazy rains, put pockets of Miami-Dade — including Brickell, Miami Beach, Shorecrest and Doral — under flood conditions that turned walkers into waders.

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King tide brought high waters that flooded several low-lying streets on Normandy Isle in North Beach on Oct. 5, 2017. Joey Flechas jflechas@miamiherald.com

Of course, “tides will be a little higher this weekend,” National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Fisher said Thursday. “But we’re not expecting any rain like we had last month in the king tide event, so we are not expecting any major issues through the weekend,” he added.

Fisher explains that the winds that accompanied October’s king tide were easterly and contained strong gusts, combined with heavy rainfall. For November’s approach of the full moon and its accompanying king tide, which begins Friday morning, the winds are coming from the northeast in the tame 10 to 13 mph range.

“Any flooding impacts would be basically right at the coast, but we don’t have any type of coastal flood warnings now. We’re talking inches. This is just something we are monitoring,” Fisher said.

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The ocean covers the outer rocky jetty at South Pointe, during the king tide, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Miami Beach. According to the National Ocean Service, a king tide is a non-scientific term used to describe exceptionally high tides. Alan Diaz AP

Miami Beach traditionally tends to see the greatest impact from king tides.

Here are the times on the Beach you can expect to see high tide this weekend, according to the National Weather Service:

▪ Friday at 8:33 a.m. and 8:45 p.m.

▪ Saturday at 9:21 a.m. and 9:32 p.m.

▪ Sunday at 9:10 a.m. and 9:21 p.m.

Virginia Key, another area along the coast, will see its king tide arriving at:

▪ Friday at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

▪ Saturday at 9:45 a.m. and 9:54 p.m.

▪ Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 9:40 p.m.

Howard Cohen: 305-376-3619, @HowardCohen

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