Strong winds, possibly with gale force gusts, are expected this weekend following a front that moved through the area overnight.
The front, which was expected to bring more than a half inch of rain, but instead just created spotty showers, is just reaching the Florida Keys this morning.
While it is forecast to cool temperatures to 74 degrees Saturday and 73 degrees Sunday, it will also create hazardous beach conditions, including strong rip currents, through at least Monday.
“The marine conditions could definitely get rough tomorrow,” said NWS meteorologist Barry Baxter. “The seas could be 7 to 9 feet late Friday then up to 12 feet in the Gulf Stream by early Saturday.”
Gale force is defined as sustained 40 mph winds or frequent gusts to 51 mph.
“The main threats are going to be the high risk of rip currents along the Atlantic beaches and the breezy to windy northeast winds,” Baxter said.
A small craft advisory was issued for 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday. The advisory means sustained wind speeds of up to 38 mph are expected to produce hazardous ocean conditions.
Ahead of the cold front, abnormally warm temperatures spread across South Florida. West Palm Beach reached at least 87 degrees today – 9 degrees above normal.
Key West set a record high reaching 86 degrees. That beat the previous record of 85 degrees set in 1991.