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LOCAL WEATHER: Coastal showers approach

Thunderstorms increase area-wide on Friday and reach the Beaches through the evening.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — In what should be our wettest month of the year, we've only seen 1.17" of rainfall at the Jacksonville International Airport so far this June. If June 2022 were to end right now as I'm typing this (7:00 a.m. Thursday), it would go down at THE DRIEST June on record for the area. Have you been doing those rain dances? No? Get boogying!!! -Meteorologist Lauren Rautenkranz

FRIDAY: Friday looks to be the wettest day of the workweek. Storms will build and come at us from the south and west by the afternoon. The heavier storms will linger closer to the coast into the evening, so if you have dinner plans across Jacksonville keep that First Coast News app handy! The interactive radar is a great tool on the go. Expect lows in the lower and middle 70s with highs again hovering at or just below 90 degrees.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: Storms should decrease toward the 4th of July thanks to high-pressure building across the region, but daily thunderstorms will be in the picture each afternoon - especially on Saturday. Activity becomes more scattered by Sunday. With the drier air and more sun by Monday, highs go from the upper 80s into the lower 90s!

TROPICS: There are no threats to the First Coast at this time. Yet, at this time, we are watching several areas in the tropics as we wrap up the month of June. Potential Tropical Cyclone Two is expected to become a tropical storm (named Bonnie) later today with a better idea of the system's structure thanks to visible imagery and a Hurricane Hunter mission scheduled for this afternoon. There is another chance of development in the northwestern Gulf and, regardless of development, should bring some much-needed rain to portions of drought-stricken Texas.

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 If you didn't get a chance to catch our hurricane special, you can watch it in its entirety right here. 

Tim Deegan, Chief Meteorologist at First Coast News, has been preparing the First Coast for hurricanes for over 40 years. 

First Coast News Meteorologist Lauren Rautenkranz sits down with Deegan in a special broadcast event, Hurricane Ready 2022: 40 Years of Forecastingto pick his brain about severe weather events and to discuss the upcoming Hurricane season.

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