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Sporadic tropical downpours to drench Florida into mid-June following intense rainfall


Following rainfall and flooding that was on par with impacts from a tropical storm earlier this week, more typical downpours are in store for Florida into the middle of June.

Into next week, the more widely separated nature of the downpours will allow more outdoor activities to take place with fewer interruptions.

The downpours and high humidity will keep the soil and vegetation moist, which will limit the risk of brush fire ignition.

However, while the showers and thunderstorms will be more scattered in nature and more typical of the rainy season, they can cause isolated problems.

Static Florida Downpours Weekend


There will be the potential for highly localized flash flooding, disruption to outdoor activities and a risk from lightning strikes.

People should seek shelter indoors, away from windows at the first rumble of thunder. Lightning can strike without notice.

The rainfall from Tuesday and Wednesday was produced by a non-tropical storm and remnant moisture from the former Pacific Tropical Storm Beatriz.

Rainfall ranging from a couple of inches to more than a foot in some locations in recent days erased extreme drought conditions from the Peninsula, according to the United States Drought Monitor.

Some locations received more rain in two to three days than during the two to three months prior to June.

Static AP Image South Florida Flooding June 7 2017

A man rides his bicycle through flooded streets in the Sunshine Village mobile home park, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Davie, Florida. Several South Florida cities set rainfall records. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Rain that fell from beyond Tuesday, June 6, has not been accounted for and will likely be revealed in next week's drought monitor update. In the coming days, additional downpours will further impact the drought conditions in a positive way.

Tropics may bear watching around mid-month

While the tropics are likely to remain quiet into the middle of next week, the area near Central America and southeastern Mexico bears watching.

Static Early Tropical Development Area 2017


"Conditions over the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea will generally remain too hostile for tropical development through early next week," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

Strong winds at mid-levels of the atmosphere may ease enough to allow a weak tropical system to take shape near Central America around or just beyond the middle of the month.

It is not uncommon for tropical systems to take shape in the western part of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico during June and July.