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Get used to it: Heat index readings in the 100s

Plan on another hot day with a heat index, or feels-like temperature, of more than 100 degrees. Get used to it, as that’s pretty much the norm for South Florida in July.

Tuesday’s forecast: Mostly sunny with highs in the low 90s and lows in the mid 70s with a 30 percent chance of showers and storms. The rest of the week looks similar.

Drought update: Despite all the rain last week, the National Weather Service says the metro areas of Broward and southern Palm Beach County continue to experience “exceptional drought” conditions, the driest category.

That’s because the region’s overall rainfall deficit continues to be more than 20 inches below normal.

Specifically, from Oct. 1 through July 8, Fort Lauderdale’s rainfall was 30.3 inches below normal;West Palm Beach saw almost 24 inches below normal, andMiami 7 inches below normal.

Tropics: The National Hurricane Center is monitoring two tropical waves, giving both a near zero chance of developing, according to the 8 a.m. tropical outlook on Tuesday. One was approaching the Windward Islands and the other was over Central America.


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