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Ahh, cool! Yes, there is a silver lining at the end of all the rain clouds

Dark clouds hover over the Homestead-Miami Speedway at Sunday’s finale of the NASCAR 2015 season.
Dark clouds hover over the Homestead-Miami Speedway at Sunday’s finale of the NASCAR 2015 season. cjuste@miamiherald.com

There’s good news at the end of a rainy weekend: Cooler air is ahead for the holiday week.

“It’s going to be a really noticeable change,” Dan Gregoria, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said Sunday.

By Monday morning, the temperature dropped into the mid-60s and is expected to climb to only the mid-70s in the afternoon. Tuesday is expected to be even cooler — with the temperature dropping to the low-60s in the morning.

"You'll notice a big difference when you step outside," said CBS4 meteorologist Lissette Gonzalez.

The front "is packing a punch," with wind clocked at 10-15 mph, she said.

But best of all: little rain and much lower humidity, Gregoria said.

“It’s going to be the coolest it’s been,” hesaid.

Heavy rain, with flooding and lightning, washed over South Florida on Saturday and Sunday, causing event delays, traffic backups and soaked sports fans.

Weekend crowds at the Miami Book Fair and the Homestead-Miami Speedway dodged storms. A tornado warning was issued for Davie, Plantation and other areas of West Broward on Sunday. More crashes than usual — including a fatal motorcycle crash — littered area roads.

NASCAR races were delayed in Homestead on Sunday because of heavy rain. Dolphins fans got soaked at Sun Life Stadium.

Rain chance was 90 percent Sunday. And it felt every bit of that outside.

Saturday also was rough on outdoor events, with a lightning delay at the University of Miami football game against Georgia Tech. At the Miami Book Fair, the afternoon rain sent booksellers scrambling for their plastic tarps and more experienced book fair attendees reaching for their umbrellas.

But while the week is looking much drier, Gregoria said it will be very windy and there is a risk for rip currents.

The weather is supposed to warm up by midweek.

Thanksgiving Day forecast: 30 percent chance of rain with a high of 79.

“It looks like it will be a good week,” Gregoria said.

The stormy conditions mirrored severe conditions elsewhere across the country. In the Midwest, a winter storm blanketed swaths of northern states with up to 18 inches of snow, from South Dakota to Michigan.

Miami Herald staff writer Connie Ogle contributed to this report.

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