More storms Monday afternoon; Fiona makes landfall in Dominican Republic

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Highs will reach the low 90s inland and the upper 80s along the coastline under partly cloudy skies. “Feels like” temperatures may reach the triple digits in some locations due to the humidity. Boaters will encounter favorable conditions on the water if they can dodge any evening storms. A light chop and 1- to 2-foot wave heights are expected on the open Gulf waters.

Scattered storms will return to our forecast. A few spotty coastal showers will be possible Monday morning. These will grow in number and strength in the afternoon and evening, before weakening after sundown. Severe weather is not expected.

All eyes are on Fiona, but models are jumping on the wave behind it developing as it moves westward into the Caribbean later this week. It makes sense considering the Caribbean is a hurricane hot spot this time of the year. The National Hurricane Center currently calls for a low 20% chance of development over the next five days. Expect those odds to increase in the coming days.

Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sunday. The cyclone left the entire island without electricity and has dropped over 20 inches of rainfall in some locations. Fiona has now made landfall in the Dominican Republic. It is expected to strengthen into the first major hurricane of the year north of Hispaniola. It is no threat to Florida and the Contiguous United States. Interests in Bermuda should monitor Fiona’s forecasts very carefully.

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