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Just how hot will it be this Mother’s Day? Hint: A fan would be a useful gift.

How to stay safe in really hot weather

As summer temperatures rise, so does the chance of heat-related illnesses for you, your kids and pets. Here's how to enjoy the hot weather safely.
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As summer temperatures rise, so does the chance of heat-related illnesses for you, your kids and pets. Here's how to enjoy the hot weather safely.

Still haven’t bought mom a Mother’s Day present yet?

Consider an air conditioner or personal fan because it’s going to be hot in South Florida for her special day.

Think 90 degrees in Miami-Dade, and a high of 91 in Marathon in the Florida Keys and in Fort Lauderdale.

Miami-Dade has a 30% change of rain or thunderstorms — mostly after 3 p.m. So if you have brunch plans, you probably can eat outside and take in the scenery. Winds will only be in the 5 to 10 mph range from the south.

But scattered showers and thunderstorms can’t be ruled out across South Florida each afternoon, the National Weather Service in Miami said in a hazardous weather alert on Friday. The primary threats, if storms materialize, are lightning strikes, some gusty wind, and localized flooding.

There will be more of a rip currents risk along west coast beaches rather than on east coast beaches this weekend and the start of the work week, the weather service said.

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.
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