Heavy rain could lead to flooding along the Gulf Coast this week
Some parts of Florida could see 5 to 8 inches of rain this week
Heavy rain is expected to develop across the South this week, which could lead to flash flooding.
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NOAA's Weather Prediction Center says warm, humid air located across the region will set up an environment favorable for producing pop-up showers and thunderstorms over the next several days.
In fact, several inches of rain could fall from the New Orleans area to South Florida through the middle of the week.
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It will be a rinse and repeat of Monday's forecast on Tuesday. However, the risk of showers and thunderstorms will become more widespread as the week continues.
In the afternoon, Tampa will see temperatures rise into the mid-90s, and heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely.
That risk extends along the Gulf Coast through New Orleans, which will see a high temperature of about 90 degrees.
By the time we get to Wednesday, several inches of rain will have fallen across the region.
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Southwestern Florida will likely see the highest rain totals, with areas near Fort Myers and the Everglades picking up anywhere from 2-3 inches with some locally higher amounts.
The New Orleans area will also see several inches of rain by the middle of the week. The Big Easy is expected to see about 1 to 2 inches, but areas around the city and points north could pick up 2 to 3 inches of rain.
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