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When will Florida downpours let up?

By By Renee Duff, meteorologist
June 16, 2016, 4:13:55 PM EDT

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Last week's deluge across Florida may have many residents and vacationers asking the question: when will the persistent downpours end?

While afternoon thunderstorms will be a common theme across the Sunshine State into midweek, the intensity and coverage of the storms and flooding downpours are expected to diminish.


A stalled front has gradually dissipated across South Florida along with its drenching downpours, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Michael LeSeney.

“While there will be additional showers and thunderstorms across the Florida Peninsula [through midweek], they will not be as focused across central and South Florida as they were last week,” LeSeney said.

Instead, brief pop-up afternoon thunderstorms, which are typical during the spring and summer months, will be more common across the Sunshine State through the middle part of the week.

Any location that does experience an afternoon thunderstorm or two will face torrential downpours and frequent lightning strikes for a time.

While the downpours will be more widely scattered and less frequent, enough rain could fall in a short amount of time to overwhelm drainage systems and cause localized flash flooding.


Bathers and boaters will want to remain aware of the weather situation each day. While the day may start out sunny, storms can quickly explode during the afternoon hours.

Along with the diminishing threat of widespread heavy downpours will be a lower risk of rough surf and frequent rip currents.

Four people drowned in rough surf along Florida beaches this past week, according to the Associated Press.

“Unlike last week, the surf and rip currents, while still posing a natural hazard even on an average day, will not be stronger than normal early this week,” Leseney said.

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The reduction in downpours and calmer seas will be a welcome sight for boaters, residents and vacationers of the Sunshine State.

Cities such as Fort Myers, Melbourne, Pensacola, Sebring and Tallahassee received over half of their normal monthly rainfall during the first 10 days of June.

Tampa has already exceeded 9 inches of rain so far this month. Normally, the city receives a little over 6.50 inches of rain in all of June.

Downpours could become more frequent once again toward the latter half of the week.

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