SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – Expect to see mostly late afternoon and early evening storms for the remainder of the work week through the weekend. This means we will see mostly sunny skies to start the day then increasing cloudiness in the late afternoon with a good chance of showers and thunderstorms developing along the sea breeze as it moves towards inland. These storms will then return to the Gulf during the evening hours.
The atmosphere is choppy, so some storms will occasionally bring local heavy rain with dangerous lightning. Highs will reach lows in the mid 90s away from the coast and near 90s on the beaches. The heat indices will oscillate between 104 and 108 at the end of the afternoon. The chance of rain will be 50% on the coast and 60% east of I-75.
The tropics remain rather inactive given that we are in the second half of August. We continue to observe an area of disturbed weather in the central Atlantic moving west at 15-20 mph. The chance of this system becoming a tropical storm is currently only 30% due to some dry air and some wind shear. Elsewhere, things are pretty quiet at the moment.
For boaters, look for light winds with seas less than 2 feet with mild conditions on the water. These winds will be out of the SE to start the day at 5 knots and shift to the SW at 5 mph later in the day as the sea breeze shifts.
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