Severe thunderstorms hit South Florida; heat index to rise over 100 this week

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Strong thunderstorms moved over South Florida on Tuesday night, and more are in the forecast all week, coupled with a soaring heat index that could hit up to 105 along the coast, and potentially higher inland, the National Weather Service said.

The strongest storms could produce hail, and potentially a weak tornado or two, along the eastern coastal areas.

Heavy rainfall and scattered storms could lead to conditions conducive for waterspouts in Miami’s Biscayne Bay and beyond.

Rain chances range from 50% and 70% for the rest of the week and the weekend through Monday, according to the Weather Service. Late Tuesday, Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties were under severe thunderstorm warnings.

Parts of southwest Broward were under a flood advisory.

Florida’s heaviest rains for the next few days will likely be to our north, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Sammy Hadi, because the cool front that brought relief to the southeast United States has stalled.

“Usually during these summer months, a front gets oriented across the Gulf of Mexico and southeast. It can allow for a little bit more moisture,” Hadi said.

“But this is a common summertime pattern where we have a stalled frontal boundary, you have moisture to the south of it and it does act to do a little bit to enhance the moisture.”

Unfortunately, the heat won’t be confined to our north. It’ll be typically oppressive August heat with “feels like” temperatures ranging in the low 100s.

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