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Bottom line, at the top: northeast to east winds will peak Friday night through Sunday across the coastal waters of the Florida Keys, at times sustained near 30 knots, with gusts to 35 knots. Seas will build to 14 feet across the Straits of Florida, 10 feet surrounding the Dry Tortugas, and as high as 7 feet along the reef tract in Hawk Channel.
Summary: The January 22-24th "near-gale" event was the last time the Florida Keys were impacted by a sustained high wind and wave event. Although winds will not be quite as strong, dangerous marine conditions are expected this weekend. A cold front is working south across the Florida Peninsula and the Gulf of Mexico. This front will seep through the Keys overnight. Scattered showers are expected along and behind the front. Northerly winds will increase sharply to near 25 knots Friday evening as high pressure builds across the southeastern United States, shoving the front south into the western Caribbean. Winds will continue to increase Friday night, and by Saturday morning, northeast winds will be sustained near 30 knots. Northeast to east winds near 30 knots with gusts to 35 knots will persist Saturday through Sunday. Temperatures near 70 with lower humidity, will make the winds feel brisk, chilly for our standards. Winds and seas will slowly diminish Sunday night through Tuesday.
Seas will build first across the southeastern Gulf of Mexico Friday and Friday night, peaking near 10 feet. Seas will then build across Hawk Channel and the Straits of Florida as winds shift from north to northeast, to the east. The highest seas for the Atlantic side of the island chain will be on Sunday, peaking near 7 feet in Hawk channel along the reef tract, and 13 to 14 feet across the Straits of Florida. For wave graphics, visit: Experimental Wave Graphics
Small Craft Advisory conditions expected Friday night across all coastal waters of the Florida Keys, and may be required as early as Friday afternoon for portions of the southeastern Gulf. Advisories likely will remain through Monday night, and may persist into Tuesday.
For additional details, please consult the following information sources online from your Florida Keys National Weather Service:
NOAA/Florida Keys National Weather Service:
Florida Keys Marine Weather:
Florida Keys Coastal Waters Forecast:
Hourly Weather Graphs: