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FXUS62 KKEY 191514

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Key West FL
1114 AM EDT Thu Apr 19 2018

The Florida Keys woke up with partly cloudy skies and no precipitation
in sight. Winds have decreased in the last few hours and were from
the east to southeast at 5 to 10 mph. Temperatures were near 80 degrees
by mid-morning.

Thanks to a retreating ridge, moving to the east and away from the
Keys and decaying at the same time, winds will become light and
variable this afternoon, turning from the north tonight. A weak
pressure gradient will persist tonight and Friday. By Friday
night, an area of high pressure over the eastern United States
will increase the pressure gradient across Florida and the Keys.
Weather conditions are expected to remain fair for the next few
days, with small chances of precipitation.


Light winds this morning will become variable almost across all
the Florida Keys waters except for the Straits of Florida, where
winds will be generally from the north. By tonight, the general
flow will be from the north and remaining light.


VFR conditions will prevail at EYW & MTH through at least 20/12z.
East-southeasterly breezes of 5 to 10 knots will become light and
variable near or after 18z as a high pressure ridge axis moves
across the island chain.


On this date in Keys Weather History, in 1939, 1.12 inches of rain
was measured in Key West. This set the daily record for rainfall in
the city for April 19th. Rainfall records in Key West date back to




Data Collection......MCLOVIN

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