Summer heat here, first 90-plus day possible this week

Prepare for July-like temperatures in the next few days as forecasts call for 90-plus temperatures in West Palm Beach.

Thursday looks to be the hottest day with a current prediction of 91 degrees. That would be the first 90-degree day of 2017 if the mercury reaches that high and six degrees above what’s normal for May 11.

The record high temperature for May 11 is 95 degrees set in 2011.

Friday’s temperature is expected to reach 90 degrees.

Check The Palm Beach Post radar map.

It’s not unusual to see 90-degrees in May, but it’s more normal for early July.

Typically, temperatures this time of year reach a high of 85 degrees, with a low of 70.

The National Weather Service in Miami was predicting an increasing chance of rain Saturday and Sunday, but backed off that forecast this morning.

A weak cold front that was expected to move through South Florida is now predicted to dissipate before it can bring much precipitation.

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“Model guidance is gradually backing down from a wet scenario for Saturday and Sunday as a weak cold front seems to become diffuse by the time it arrives to the peninsula,” forecasters wrote. “Also, the threat for thunderstorm activity keeps decreasing, so mention of thunder has been removed for now.”

The lack of thunderstorms is good news as lightning could increase the already high wildfire threat.

The National Weather Service has areas of inland and southwest Florida under red flag fire warnings and fire weather watches because of the dry conditions and low relative humidity.

There are more than 100 active wildfires in Florida as of this morning.

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