Keep the umbrella handy.
However, all the rainy gloom of the past three days should start to ease on Tuesday, and we might even see some breaks of sun by Wednesday.
“Through the rest of the week, the rain chances are going down each day,” said meteorologist Chris Duke of the National Weather Service in Miami. “It will look a little brighter come later in the week.”
In the meantime, a flood watch remains in effect through Monday evening, as there is a 70 percent chance of rain this afternoon, including the possibility of thunderstorms and heavy downpours.
Tuesday’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. By Wednesday, the chance of rain drops to 30 percent – and the chance of storms should diminish, Duke said.
Between Friday and Monday, about 2-4 inches of rain fell across most of South Florida, leaving large puddles in roadways and swales, triggering numerous rush-hour accidents, prompting minor flight delays and putting a damper on outdoor activities.
But it also helped ease the drought.
“This has been a significant dry season event,” said Randy Smith, spokesman for the South Florida Water Management District. “It has certainly been of benefit to ground water supplies and surface water.”
Because most of the region had a rain deficit of more than 10 inches since early November, the recent downpours didn’t put an end to the drought. Ground soil remains parched in some areas, Smith said.
On the other hand, because the rain arrived in waves, the district was able to capture much of it, rather than open flood-control gates and lose it into the ocean, he added.
“This rainfall, along with conservation measures, will really help us make it into the rainy season,” Smith said.
Blame a slow-moving blob of low pressure, pulling up moisture from the Caribbean, for soaking South Florida. The hardest hit areas included the east side of Fort Lauderdale, which recorded 3.6 inches of rain, and the border between Boca Raton and Delray Beach, which saw 2.5 inches.
The region also was ruffled by some strong gusts, reaching 38 mph at Palm Beach International Airport, 37 mph at Miami International Airport and 32 mph at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Monday morning.
While there were no reports of serious flooding on Monday, a ramp at the intersection of Interstate 595 and Florida’s Turnpike had to be temporarily closed on Sunday, the result of rising water, said Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky.
He said Monday's rush hour was messy but not much worse than normal.
“Any time there is this much heavy rain we see an increase in crashes,” Wysocky said. “There have been a few with injuries, but most of them have been minor in nature.”