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South Florida to Trend Less Rainy This Weekend

The pattern will trend a bit less rainy over South Florida into this weekend, but drenching downpours will not go away completely.

A disturbance in the upper atmosphere, responsible for enhancing the rainfall over South Florida, will move away this weekend. In its wake, a tropical flow of moisture will continue to produce spotty showers and thunderstorms.

Meteorologist Evan Duffy described a convergence of moisture over the Caribbean to South Florida yielding showers and thunderstorms. That pattern will generally remain, but on a reduced scale.

In addition to less shower activity, a little more in the way of sunshine is in store.

Attention will turn toward a broad area of disturbed weather centered over southern Mexico, part of which is currently associated with the diminishing "Barbara" from the eastern Pacific.

There continues to be some indication that the moisture will focus near and an area of low pressure will develop over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and the southwestern Gulf of Mexico into next week.

While wind shear may limit development of any tropical system that evolves, a concentration of heavy rain and gusty thunderstorms could drift northward in the vicinity of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, Florida and part of the mainland South late next week into the following weekend.

The western Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico is a favored area for early-season tropical activity in the Atlantic Basin and was discussed a couple of weeks earlier in the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast.

Downpours have delivered over 4 inches of rain to some locations in South Florida since Monday. An additional inch or two of rain can fall on some locations of the Keys and the southern counties of the Peninsula into the weekend with more sparse rainfall farther to the north.

While South Florida has been wet, portions of central and northern Florida remain in moderate to severe drought.