Potentially dangerous weather is expected today in South Florida, with weather forecasts saying that "heavy storms with heavy storms" including tornadoes are possible Sunday afternoon through Sunday evenings.
"In addition to lightning, the main threats are strong gusts of wind … scattered tornadoes and possibly small, scattered hailstones of medium size," says a forecast update from the South Florida office of the National Meteorological Service on Sunday morning.
According to the predictions, the rain was expected between 1 and 3 pm, with the worst weather that arrived with a cold front, which is expected to affect south Florida between 8 pm and midnight.
"A busy day of weather is in the store," said the forecast.
The update of the Sunday follows the warning of the possible severe weather issued Saturday. The warning comes as a result of the impending cold front, which was blamed for the storm including tornadoes in other parts of the country.
After freezing the fields and leaving a blanket of snow in Wisconsin on Friday, the Cold Front rolled through Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi Saturday. It caused a tornado, which was blamed for killing a sleeping 2-year-old girl in Louisiana, according to weather reports. The system has also caused at least nine more tornadoes.
Forecasters in South Florida warned that gusts of wind could reach 60 miles per hour here. Frequent lightning and heavy rains are expected, along with the possibility of tornadoes and waterspouts.
South Floridians are urged to pay attention to media warnings and be ready to shelter in a strong building.
"We are still in the winter-summer transition period," said Barry Baxter, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Miami, explaining the increased risk of bad weather.
"It has done mischief," Baxter said.
The bulk of the system will not be on the Gulf Coast from South Florida until later in the day on Sunday, Baxter said, but a series of showers could begin that across the region, starting in the afternoon.
Low temperatures are expected to sink by 5 to 10 degrees from the 70 – Low will reach the area, Baxter said. High temperatures will be in the lower 80s.
"It's going to cool us down," Baxter said.
These cold fronts may still develop into May, Baxter said. But the time for her is quickly over.
"We are not yet summer patterns, but we are approaching," he said.
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