Windy conditions will breeze into the weekend


VERO BEACH — Windy weather that flowed in with Wednesday’s cold front will continue to breeze in through the weekend, with gusts as high as 30 mph, meteorologists said. Several weather advisories were issued as forecasters cautioned beachgoers and boaters to stay out of the water because of the high surf.

“There’s a high risk of rip currents today. It’s not a good idea to enter the water at this point because of the very rough surf and hazardous conditions,” said Cassie Leahy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Melbourne. “Rip currents can occur at any time. Beachgoers should watch the waves.”

Leahy said the break in waves along the beach is 4-to-8 feet, while the break in waves further offshore is 7-to-10 feet. The wave breaks can lead to rip currents, Leahy said.

National Weather Service officials issued a wind advisory Wednesday that expired overnight. A high surf advisory remains in effect until 4 a.m. Friday, Leahy said.

Weather experts also put out a small craft advisory that will last until the weekend.

Thursday evening will be partly cloudy with a low temperature near 71 degrees, forecasters said. The night will have 20 mph winds and gusts as high as 30 mph.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday will have highs near the upper 70s, which will dip to the lower 70s at night. The days will have 10-to-20-mph winds, with gusts up to 25 mph.

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