June 9, 2009

More Thunderstorms for the Southeast Coast

Spotty thunderstorms will erupt in eastern Florida today, moving westward across the peninsula this afternoon. After a major storm drenched the region the third week of May and a stormy pattern has settled in, the recent drought across the state has been virtually erased.

The Sunshine State will remain in this wet pattern through this week. Showers and thunderstorms are becoming more prevalent as Florida shifts into its wet season.

This is the result of strong daytime heating and an increased flow of moisture from the tropics. There is also the additional threat of organized tropical systems.

High pressure over the northern Gulf of Mexico will keep most of the Gulf Coast states dry. It will also serve to pump warm air northeastward through the Southeast for the next several days.

Temperatures will remain in the 90s in many of these areas through late this week. This is around 5 degrees warmer than normal for most.

Meanwhile, the tropics will remain tranquil. Strong wind shear will prevent any chance of tropical development this week.

This means that the area of low pressure in the western Caribbean that AccuWeather.com meteorologists have been monitoring will not develop over the next few days. However, it will still bring some gusty showers and thunderstorms to Cuba later this week.

By Katie Storbeck - AccuWeather.com

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