It’s another 3-day weekend for many in South Florida with the South Florida Fair firing up today.
Unlike last year when El Nino-enhanced thunderstorms tormented the opening days of the fair, this year should be warm weather, mostly sunny skies and just a 20 percent chance of rain through the weekend.
The National Weather Service in Miami is forecasting above normal temperatures with daytime highs in Palm Beach County near 80 degrees and overnight lows near 70 degrees.
While that daytime temp is about 5 degrees above normal, the normal overnight temperature this time of year is about 59 degrees.
A persistent upper level ridge and high pressure system is keeping temperatures warm. The strong clockwise swirl of the high pressure will continue to send easterly winds our way with sustained speeds of 16 mph and gusts as high as 21 mph.
Those winds will carry in moisture, upping the chances of spotty showers to 20 percent along the east coast all weekend. The strongest winds are expected through late tonight and are hovering just below the threshold for a small craft advisory.
The winds also mean rip current risks. The weather service has a high risk of rip currents along Atlantic beaches through at least Saturday evening with a likely extension through Sunday evening.
If you missed the full wolf moon rising last night, there’s another chance tonight. January’s full moon will rise at 7:20 p.m.
South Florida could use that 20 percent chance of rain. As of Thursday, nearly the entire state was still considered abnormally dry by the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Much of Palm Beach County is down 0.75 inches of rain for the month, with just 0.29 falling, according to the South Florida Water Management District.
The average rain fall for the district’s 16 county region was 0.43 inches, down 0.27 from what’s normal.