Hurricane Center (again) watching Caribbean for development

Highs are expected to be in the 70s on Friday. (Image credit: NWS-Melbourne)

TGIF — Thank Goodness It’s a cold Front — rolling down the Florida peninsula packing a few sprinkles and cooler, drier air behind it. Highs will be in the mid- to upper-70s in Central and North Florida, where it was in the low- to mid-50s this morning.

Unfortunately, the National Weather Service is predicting that the front will stall around Homestead in South Florida, so don’t look for any dramatic cool down around the southern peninsula … yet.

A stronger front arrives Tuesday, keeping high temperatures in the 70s for a few days of open window weather.

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Forecast model tracks for Invest 96L. (Image credit: SFWMD)

TROPICS WATCH: The National Hurricane Center designated the disturbance entering the Caribbean this morning Invest 96L, and forecasters said it had a 70-80 percent chance of becoming the next tropical depression — or Tropical Storm Eta — over the next two-to-five days as it slides west.

The Friday morning run of the GFS had the system developing in the Central Caribbean Sunday, and ramming into the coast of Central America on Tuesday. But then it had the low popping back out into the Caribbean toward the end of the week. The European (ECMWF) also developed it on Sunday but its path was due west, into Central America. The Canadian (CMC) was similar to the GFS and the German ICON was favoring the pop-out.

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RECORD WATCH: Jacksonville set a record high Thursday with 90, beating the previous record of 87 set in 1984. Daytona Beach also set a record high with 90. That busted the previous record of 89 set in 2009. And Melbourne reached 90, beating the old record of 89 set in 2002.

Miami posted a record warm low Thursday with 80, breaking the old record of 79 set in 2009. West Palm Beach tied a record warm low with 79, matching a mark set back in 1959.

Sanford also set a record warm low with 75, beating the old record of 74 set just last year.