Rain likely across the region to start the new week

The weather that got sloppy on Sunday stays around South Florida for the start of the new week as rain rolls in on a front that is passing through the region.

Early morning showers were sweeping across Palm Beach County and southern Miami-Dade but much of Broward County will likely get wet before the day is done.

According to the National Weather Service, the rain chance Monday is about 70 percent, depending on your location. Otherwise, much of the day will be mostly cloudy with a high in the low 80s and winds from the east at 11 to 14 mph — with gusts approaching 20 mph.

Because of the brisk winds, there is a high risk of rip currents at all area beaches through Tuesday evening.

The chance of rain dials back on Tuesday and Wednesday to between 30 and 40 percent, but the gusty winds stay in the forecast.

Here is some analysis of our long-term weather factors from retired NWS meteorologist Jim Lushine: We are officially in a weather pattern known as La Nina. This occurs when ocean water off the northwest coast of South America cools. Even though this is far from us, the effects may not be. Winters during a La Nina mean drier and warmer than normal weather in South Florida. We’ve certainly been warmer than average for the past several weeks. The bad news from La Nina is that if it persists through next hurricane season it will likely be another busy one.

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