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    Yup, that's definitely it, davidc!

    The one slight difference with yesteryear - perhaps - is that the 4pm thunderstorm is now wildly unreliable! It can arrive at 11am or 11pm, or anywhere in between. And just recently, it has been twice a day!!

    The forecast for this week shows things drying up (a little), so that there is slightly less chance of a storm (40% instead of 60%), but we've certainly been wet enough this month - 5.5ins of rain in the first 11 days (when we usually get 7.8 for the month of August). It remains beastly hot, though - 92F, with the Heat Index at 104. Phew!

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    Drying UP a little? How about going full-blown monsoon?! The idea of the weather easing off through this week has been totally @rse-about-face! Yesterday, the rain arrived shortly after 11am, developed into a heavy thunderstorm by mid-afternoon and shook the windows for more than an hour. It then devolved into 2 hours of steady rain, leaving with us a total of four INCHES of rain for the day, more than half the usual average for the whole MONTH!! Today is also shaping up in a similar manner, and it seems there is a very long occluded front away to the north (through southern Alabama and Georgia) that is stuck in place and drawing steady amounts of hot, wet air off the Gulf and right across Florida in conveyor-belt fashion. Yuck. Not only are we pretty hot (still around the 92F/33C mark), the humidity is practically off the charts, and everything smells like the deepest, dankest parts of the Mato Grosso. Double yuck

    The monthly total for August is already up to 9.54ins with 16 days still to go!!

    Here's this afternoon's 'weather video'...!


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    Not good at all... Mind you sitting here looking out to wind and heavy rain, more like autumn than summer...

    Feel sorry for the tourists both out there and over here too..

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    This weekend has been a bit better, with just a few isolated outbreaks. It has been a tad cooler and fresher, too (albeit 'only' 89F/31C instead of 94/34!!). It has got down to 74/23 overnight, too, which actually feels like autumn first thing in the morning!

    We've still had 10.15ins of rain in August to date, so we're likely to be WELL above the usual monthly total for this time of year.

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    After the near monsoons of last week, we are firmly back to 'summer normal' this week, which means plenty of heat and humidity and the near-reliability of the 4pm thunderstorm, lasting for around half an hour and then dissipating again.

    For a couple of days, we did enjoy some fresher air as the lingering frontal system to the north dragged a bit of cooler air behind it, but we are now back to the typical daily average of 92-93F/33C, which, of course, feels distinctly warmer because of the humidity (anything up to 100-102/37-38 on the Heat Index, or 'real feel'). It is still not dropping below 76/24 at night, and the rest of the month now looks pretty similar.

    August and early September are also typically the 'peak season' for hurricanes in this part of the world (the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico), but there is no sign of anything developing at the moment, even though they did predict a higher-than-average hurricane season this year. We'll be very happy if they are wrong!

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    And suddenly the rain completely dries up. From 'summer normal' we have now had two completely dry days and, by Florida August standards, that very rare thing in the forecast, a "partly sunny" couple of days in the next 10. Considering the forecast is almost inevitably "40-70% chance of storms," it is weird NOT to see that percentage chance at all!

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    Surprisingly for a Bank Holiday Weekend it is glorious here...

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    I'm really pleased to hear it - especially as my parents are off on a Channel cruise to Rouen and Honfleur!

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    Meanwhile, back in central Florida, the rain has all but dried up again. We had a smallish downpour in mid-afternoon on Friday (2 says) ago, but nothing for six days either side of that. Just another part of hos this summer goes in fits and starts, and you can never be 100% sure about what you're likely to get.

    It has got hotter, too - back up to 94F/34C, with a Heat Index up to 103/39. That's bad news because it means the atmosphere is heating up, as well as the sea, and that leads to much bigger storms, and hurricanes as we go towards September. In fact, there is a tropical storm brewing in the eastern Caribbean at the moment that could become a hurricane in 4-5 days' time. At the moment, it is threatening Puerto Rico (again, poor buggers), but it could also turn north-west with a slight possibility of it hitting somewhere along Florida's Atlantic coast. Too early to say anything more than that, but it will be known in the next 3-4 days.

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    So here's this week's weather forecast:

    Mon (today): "70% chance of storms"
    Tue: "60% chance of storms"
    Wed: "50% chance of storms"
    Thur: "60% chance of storms"
    Fri: "60% chance of storms"
    Sat: "50% chance of storms"
    Sun: "50% chance of storms"

    Apparently, next week we drop back down to only a "30% chance," so things "dry out" a bit (!). And the temp is at or around 90F/32C - and a Heat Index around 102-105/38-40 (with a low of 76-77/24 ).

    Pretty easy being a weather forecaster in Florida in the summer, hey?!

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