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Tropics Quiet, but Strong Front Approaches Florida Midweek


For the middle of July, it's not unusual for the tropics to be quiet. Dry air from west Africa, higher winds aloft, and pockets of cooler than normal water in the Atlantic will keep storms from forming over the next 5 to 7 days.

However, what is unusual for July in Florida is a cold front. No, it won't move all the way through and cool us off much. Instead, it will bring above normal rainfall and the potential for strong thunderstorms to parts of the state. This starts Tuesday in the panhandle, then moves into central Florida Wednesday. Rainfall amounts with this system will range from 1 to 4 inches, with the highest totals likely in central Florida.

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Jeff Huffman is Chief Meteorologist at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In addition to his full-time position at the university's radio and television stations, WUFT-FM/TV and WRUF-TV, the latter of which he co-founded, Huffman also provides weather coverage to public radio stations throughout Florida
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