Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Miami, FL
FXUS62 KMFL 262036
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Miami FL
336 PM EST Sun Feb 26 2017
...High Risk of Rip Currents through Tuesday night east coast
beaches of South Florida...
A cold front over the Florida Straits, will continue to move
slowly southeast, away from South Florida tonight through
Tuesday. High pressure will also move slowly east from the the
southeastern United States into the Western Atlantic Waters. This
will allow a tight pressure gradient to set up over South Florida,
leading to breezy easterly winds. There could also be a few
isolated showers over the east coast metro areas and the adjacent
coastal waters. Therefore, a 20 percent chance of showers is in
the forecast for the east coast metro areas through Tuesday
including the Atlantic and Biscayne Bay waters.
The high will break down for the second half of this week,
allowing for a cold front to work down into South Florida from the
North. This will allow for the winds to relax and become more
southerly over the area. There will also be a slight chance of
showers over most of South Florida for the second half of the
The front will wash out early this weekend over South Florida, as
another strong high pressure system moves into the Southeastern
United States from the west. This will once again tighten the
pressure gradient over South Florida this weekend leading to
breezy to windy easterly wind flow along with a slight chance of
showers over the east coast metro areas.
Easterly wind of 15 to 20 knots will affect all of South Florida
waters tonight, except for Palm Beach waters where they will be
around 20 knots. The easterly wind will then decrease to 10 to 15
knots on Monday into Tuesday, except for the Atlantic and
Biscayne Bay waters where they will be 15 to 20 knots.
The Gulf seas will be less than 6 feet tonight through Tuesday.
The Atlantic seas will be 4 to 6 feet, except for the Palm Beach
County waters where they will be 5 to 7 feet tonight. Therefore,
an SCA will be in place tonight for the Palm Beach Waters with
rest of South Florida waters in an SCEC condition.
The breezy easterly wind will lead to a high risk of Rip Currents
for the east coast beaches of South Florida through Tuesday
.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
West Palm Beach 71 82 72 82 / 20 20 20 20
Fort Lauderdale 71 82 74 82 / 20 20 20 20
Miami 73 83 73 83 / 10 10 10 10
Naples 65 84 67 84 / 10 10 10 10
FL...High Rip Current Risk through late Tuesday night for FLZ168-172-
AM...Small Craft Advisory until 7 AM EST Monday for AMZ650-670.