**Summary: Nice Weather the Rest of the Week, but We’re Monitoring Maria**
Tonight: Mainly clear. Lows near 70 degrees. Wind: NW 5-10mph.
Thursday: Partly Sunny with highs in the low-Mid 80s. Wind: NW /NE 5-10mph
Friday: Partly Sunny with highs in the low 80s. Wind: NW/NE 5-10mph
High pressure will gradually have control of our area over the next several days. So, expect a continuation of nice weather with warmer than average temps into the low-mid 80s for the rest of the week and the weekend. By next week, the forecast will be highly dependent on what path Maria takes. As for now, it looks like it could get very close to the Mid-Atlantic and NE coastline by the Middle of next week as Jose’s circulation could help draw Maria north. However, it doesn’t look like Maria will get the definite push out to sea as we all would like. There are many elements at play regarding Maria’s path for next week…so, stay tuned as we continue to monitor it closely.
Tropics: Maria has weakened over the past 24 hours. At one point it was a strong Cat. 5, but after making landfall over Puerto Rico…it weakened to a Cat. 3. There is a window of opportunity for it to strengthen over the next day or so, but generally it’s expected to gradually weaken due to wind shear by the weekend as it moves NE of the Bahamas. There’s another disturbance behind Maria that has a 50/50 chance to develop into a tropical cyclone over the next 5-7 days.
**There is a high threat for rip currents, but there’s some pretty good surf. There will be some minor tidal flooding during high tide which is between 9pm and 11pm this evening**
Meteorologist Deitra Tate