Posted by Karlene Chavis
A broad area of low pressure response for cloudy skies and rain late in the week is now near Campache, Mexico. It has a medium chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next 5 days as it tracks through western and central Gulf of Mexico. If it stirs towards the north, it is expected to fall apart because the system will encounter upper level winds.
As the system moves away from South Florida, this weekend will be mostly sunny with isolated showers fueled by sea breeze as high pressure builds in from the East. The onshore air flow will bring a breezy to gusty pick up in our winds and create a moderate risk of rip currents at the beaches.
Tropical Storm Erin is still spinning in the Atlantic waters over 3,000 miles away from South Florida and approximately over 700 miles WNW from the Cape Verde Islands. There are no coastal watches and warnings in effect, but this will be a hazard for shipping. The storm is expected to track east into a pocket of drier air over the next couple of days. This could weaken Tropical Storm Erin to a tropical depression as soon as Sunday.