The soggy weather is forecast to continue today with a 40 percent chance of rain as an area of high pressure continues to dominate, pushing moist east wind onshore.
But the atmosphere begins to clear out Friday and into the weekend.
The National Weather Service in Miami is forecasting a “drying trend” through Sunday with mostly sunny skies. Also, wind speeds that reached swift 25-mph gusts in West Palm Beach on Wednesday will start to let up a bit Saturday afternoon into Sunday.
“This weekend looks to be dry and pleasant across South Florida,” meteorologists wrote in a Thursday forecast. “High temps will be in the low to mid-80s.”
That’s good news for the Leonids meteor shower, which peaks pre-dawn Saturday when the moon will be new and the skies expected to be clear.
But as sure as forecasters are about a drier weekend, they are less convinced that an early week cold front will actually cool things off.
Forecast models are at odds about whether the front will make it through Florida, with the GFS model (global forecast model) showing a weak cold front pushing through the state Sunday night.
The reliable European model shows the front shows the front getting into South Florida, but not quite making a clean passage. Instead, the European forecast stalls across the tip of the Peninsula Monday into Tuesday.
“The current forecast leans towards the front stalling, bringing a slight chance of showers to the area and temperatures around or just below normal for this time of year,” Miami meteorologists wrote.
AccuWeather, which is less timid about making long-range forecasts, has early next week at about normal temperatures with highs in the low 80s. For Thanksgiving, AccuWeather is predicting partial sunshine and 77 degrees.
Weather Underground agrees mostly with the cold front stalling, or just limping through, giving Monday chances of being mostly cloudy and showing not much of a cooling trend through Thanksgiving.
AAA’s Florida forecast for Thanksgiving includes an estimate of 2.6 million people traveling 50 miles or more.