Update: Thunderstorms possible today, cold front pushes through late in week

Update: The Storm Prediction Center has identified Florida as an area for possible thunderstorms today with the National Weather Service forecasting up to a 40 percent chance of rain in some areas.

Forecasters in Miami said if thunderstorms do erupt, they will likely be clustered toward the interior of the state in the afternoon.

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This map is valid for Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

Today’s forecast from the National Weather Service:

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Previous story: South Florida will bask in April-like temperatures this week before a cold front moves through to knock the heat back to more of what’s normal for February.

Today’s high is expected to reach 81 degrees in West Palm Beach, with Wednesday hitting a high of 85 degrees. That’s 9 degrees above normal.

Check The Palm Beach Post radar map.

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What’s warming things up are south winds ahead of an approaching cold front that is expected to push through the state overnight Thursday.

And it’s not just Florida that will feel warm. Accuweather is forecasting record-challenging warm temperatures throughout the northeast ahead of the cold front. Areas in Maryland and Virginia could see highs 20 degrees above normal.

“Even though Punxsutawney Phil called for six more weeks of winter, to many in the Southeast it will feel more like mid-April than early February for a brief period this week,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Faith Eherts said.

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This map is valid as of 8 a.m. Thursday and shows the cold front in North Florida. It should move through the state by early Friday.

This map is valid as of 8 a.m. Thursday and shows the cold front in North Florida. It should move through the state by early Friday.

The south-southwest winds, which will blow warm tropical air into South Florida, will also increase the chances of spotty showers throughout the week,  but no day has more than a 20 percent chance of rain.

By Friday, the high temperature is expected to reach just 73 degrees, a full 12 degrees below Wednesday’s high.

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The Storm Prediction Center is giving areas of North and Central Florida an increased chance severe weather Thursday as the cold front moves down the Peninsula.

Areas that include the Panhandle and Jacksonville have a marginal chance of severe weather, which is the first level on a 5-tier threat level.

At this point, South Florida is not included in any of the center’s warning areas, but that could change as the week progresses.

This map is valid for Wednesday and Thursday.

This map is valid for Wednesday and Thursday.

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