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Brisk winds to kick up surf along Florida east coast through Sunday

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
November 12, 2017, 10:04:48 AM EST

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Winds will kick up over the Florida Peninsula and raise surf and showers along the Atlantic coast this weekend.

Florida beaches are popular tourist destinations as waters turn chilly farther north along the Atlantic Seaboard during November. Water temperatures along much of the Florida Peninsula are in the 70s F.

"The flow around a strong high pressure area in the Northeastern states will create the stiff breezes," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist John Gresiak.

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A high pressure area is a zone of predominately dry air that rotates clockwise.

Winds will be from the east and northeast over much of the peninsula this weekend. Along much of Florida's east coast, winds will average 12-25 mph.

People on the beach should wear protective eye wear as winds can kick up sand. Umbrellas may struggle in the wind at times.

"The winds will create rough surf and the potential for frequent and strong rip currents," Gresiak said.

Bathers should use caution if venturing into the water.

Minor beach erosion may also occur.

Tides will run 1-2 feet above average. Minor coastal flooding around the times of the high tide cycles may occur.

Small craft operators should exercise caution due to the choppy seas in waters outside of the Intracoastal Waterway.

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While the air from the high pressure area is dry, it will pick up moisture from the Atlantic Ocean.

"Spotty, periodic showers are likely along much of the Florida east coast this weekend," Gresiak said.

While winds will ease up by early this week, it may take until the middle of the week before showers dwindle and seas ease.

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