Area of low pressure in Gulf could bring heavy rain to South Florida

Expect heavy rain on Monday, meteorologists say

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – An area of low pressure expected to form in the Gulf of Mexico could become the next named storm, bringing significant rain to South Florida by next week.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Friday that there is a 60 percent chance of development within the next five days.

"We've got an area that's catching our attention," Local 10 News meteorologist Trent Aric said.

Local 10 News hurricane specialist Max Mayfield said the area of disturbed weather is "not very well defined."

"In spite of that, the better numerical models continue to develop along the Yucatan peninsula and move it northeastward towards the Florida Gulf coast," Mayfield said.

Mayfield, who is the former director of the National Hurricane Center, said he doesn't expect it to bring much wind to South Florida, although it will bring plenty of rain.

Local 10 News meteorologist Jennifer Correa said South Florida could see several inches of rainfall by the early part of next week.

"If we get some of those heavy thunderstorms associated with the low, it could also bring us a little bit more rain," Correa said.

Mayfield said the majority of the rain is expected Monday and Tuesday.

If it reaches tropical storm strength, it would be called Colin.

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