MIDWAY, Fl. (WTXL) -- Hurricane Irma approaches Florida, with higher confidence that a direct impact or even a landfall will occur in South Florida. While the storm will likely play a role in our late weekend / early week weather, until Sunday, forecast conditions remain quite pleasant.
Friday: Cooler and drier air continues to remain over the Big Bend and South Georgia. Morning lows will start off in the lower to mid 60s with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Low moisture levels will keep us less muggy so it won't feel so uncomfortable outside. Skies are forecast to remain sunny.
Beach and Boating forecast information and your Friday Tide Times are below:
Saturday: A similar cool start with lows in the 60s is anticipated. Afternoon highs are expected to climb to the mid and upper 80s with moisture slowly returning. Skies are expected to be partly cloudy with breezy winds kicking up. No rain is anticipated.
Sunday: Sunday will likely be the day everything breaks down for South Florida as Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall as a likely Category 4 hurricane. Breezy winds will continue here, with lows in the upper 60s and highs near 80°. Showers and thunderstorms on the outer bands of Irma will approach the local region in a scattered fashion (40% coverage).
Monday: Irma will make it's closest approach to the Big Bend and South Georgia on Monday. This will be the day with the highest potential for inclement weather, though the degree of the impacts will depend on just how far WEST this storm moves. Lows are forecast to be in the upper 60s with highs in the upper 70s. Skies will likely be mostly cloudy with widespread shower activity. Winds will be quite breezy and they are expected to be closer to tropical storm force (or stronger) east of I-75.
IMPORTANT: Monday may have some direct impacts or indirect impacts. AGAIN this depends on the overall track of Irma, so continue to STAY UPDATED on the latest with the forecast of the hurricane.
Tuesday and Thursday: Conditions should improve through the end of the forecast period with lows in the 60s, highs in the mid to upper 80s, and rain NOT EXPECTED.
You can catch the forecast on ABC 27 News starting at 5:00 each morning, as well as ABC 27 News at Noon. Chief Meteorologist Casanova Nurse has your forecast at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 11:00 this evening.
Plus, you can get the First Alert forecast every 10 minutes on Channel 27.3 Weather NOW.
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