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Record-Breaking Rainfall Soaks Miami Beach

MIAMI (CBSMiami) - The past few days have been soggy and cloudy across South Florida with serious flooding for many.

On Thursday, Miami Beach saw the worst of the weather with relentless storms leading to a 24-hour record rainfall total of 6.78 inches. That amount shatters the previous record for the date of 1.42 inches, set in 1985, and also breaks the record for the previous July daily rainfall record of 4.9 inches set back on July 22, 1959.

So far the monthly rainfall total for July in Miami Beach is 16.27 inches, eclipsing the previous monthly record for July, set back in 2000, of 13.16 inches.

That means so far this has been the wettest July on record at Miami beach.

And many neighborhoods around South Florida have picked up four to seven inches of rain in the past few days.  And we are not done with the wet weather just yet.

Drier air is moving in across the Peninsula from the Southeast today and that should help to decrease the rain chance and suppress any widespread thunderstorm activity.

There could be a few storms later today, but overall enjoying much improvement with a mix of clouds and sun to start the weekend. Highs will climb to the mid to upper 80s.

Saturday, though, will be a different story.

A tropical wave currently moving across the Caribbean to the West of Hispaniola is headed in our general direction and will bring plenty of moisture with it.

We will see another round of storms with the potential for heavy downpours once again on Saturday.  Because the ground is so saturated due to all the rainfall this past week, we could see some more flooding with the additional storms.

Sunday we could still see some scattered storms with mostly cloudy skies as the moisture associated with the wave begins to move out.

Early next week we should finally return to a more seasonal Summery weather pattern with highs in the low 90s and spotty storms in the afternoon.


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