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Hot weekend...updated hurricane forecast

Summer sunshine rises above the ocean at Jacksonville Beach (Ester Dittert)
Summer sunshine rises above the ocean at Jacksonville Beach (Ester Dittert)
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Updated: 8/09/2013 9:55 am
Jacksonville, Fla. -- Let's start with the latest forecast numbers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Their newest forecast trims back the original numbers issued near the beginning of hurricane season.

NOAA is now forecasting 13 to 19 named storms for the entire season. We've had four (up to "Dorian") so far. The new forecast is still an "above normal", "very active" forecast...with 6 to 9 of those forecast to be hurricanes. Remember, we have not had a hurricane yet this season. But we have not reached the peak of the season, which begins soon and continues through September. Of course, hurricane season doesn't end until the end of November.

The tropics, by the way, are quiet at this time.

Locally, we are...in a word...HOT. Highs this weekend will be between 92 and 95 degrees in Jacksonville. It'll be close to 90 degrees at area beaches. With high humidity, the heat index will easily exceed 100 degrees. In fact, the "feels like" temperature may top 110 degrees inland (during peak heating).
 
Find air conditioning as often as possible and drink plenty of water. Stay cool and have a great weekend.

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