Miami heading toward all-time heat record: National Weather Service

Miami record heat

The countdown has begun for Miami’s red-hot summer weather. (Credit: NWS-Miami)

Miami is just seven days away from establishing a new all-time record for consecutive highs at 90 degrees or above. The streak stood at 38 days as of Thursday — the last time the high in Miami was less than 90 was on June 19, when the temperature reached 87.

The current record is 44 days from July 10 to August 22 in 2011. There’s some question as to whether the streak might end toward the middle of next week, when rain chances rise into the 50-60 percent range under mostly cloudy skies.

Fort Lauderdale and Naples have had eight days each under 90 this month and West Palm Beach, one.

RECORD WATCH: Melbourne tied a record warm low again Thursday — the third day in a row a record was tied or broken. Thursday’s low was 79, matching a mark set in 2010.

TROPICS WATCH (UPDATED): Showers decreased in the area of disturbed weather in the Central Atlantic, and the National Hurricane Center removed it from its tracking map on Friday afternoon.

5 day rainfall

UPDATED RAINFALL FORECAST: More than 3 inches of rain could fall in parts of the Florida peninsula through Wednesday, NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center says. South Florida could see up to 2 inches.

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TOPIC TAMPA: As we prepare to enter the peak of hurricane season, the above graphic shows all Atlantic coast landfalls from 1950-2011, and the strength of each storm.  Click on image for link to original. (Credit: NOAA/ NCDC)

The Washington Post published an in-depth story Friday on how prepared the Tampa Bay area is (or isn’t) for a hurricane. A major hasn’t struck the area since October 25, 1921.

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Author: jnelander

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