Warm start to Honda Classic Monday with slight rain chance

High temperatures nearing 80 degrees with mostly cloudy skies will greet attendees of The Honda Classic today as a weakening high pressure system moves east off the coast.

Rain chances increase to 20 percent at 1 p.m. as winds become southeasterly at about 15 mph.

With partly sunny skies, the heat index could shoot to 89 degrees in West Palm Beach.

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The warm temperatures will persist at least through mid-week.

According to the National Weather Service in Miami, a huge high pressure ridge stretching from Alaska to California is increasing energy to a low pressure system that will move into Florida on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s rain chances increase to 30 percent with that low, and then climb to 40 percent Wednesday night as a cold front moves through the state.

The Storm Prediction Center does have parts of the Florida Panhandle listed as having a marginal to slight chance of severe weather through early Wednesday.

South Florida could see thunderstorms later in the week but the strongest upper-level winds, which can increase turbulence in the atmosphere, were forecast to be further north as of Sunday night.

Still, forecasters said “much uncertainty” still exists and the chance of stronger thunderstorms similar to what created last week’s tornadoes may be possible.

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