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First Alert Weather: The heat goes on as weather pattern remains the same

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Wednesday marks the 8 consecutive day that the temperature was 80 degrees or above at the Sarasota/ Bradenton airport.

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Almanac

Near record breaking

That is really amazing considering the average high is 73 for this time of year.  Temperatures have been some 8-10 degrees above average lately and that is not expected to change as we move into the weekend.

The reason for all this warmth is a large area of high pressure firmly anchored over the W. Atlantic off of Florida's East coast.  Winds have been generally from the ESE over the past week which causes things to heat up here along the West coast of Florida.

There is also an area of high pressure in the upper reaches of the atmosphere which is centered over the Gulf of Mexico. This is also keeping any storm system or cold front from bringing in any changes our way.

The only downside to our weather will be the possibility of some morning fog, but that should not be sticking around all that long.

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Fog forecast

Lows clouds and fog to start the day

So for Thursday expect some low clouds and some fog in the morning up until 9 a.m. or so and then mostly sunny skies by the afternoon.

Highs will be in the upper 70s near the beach and low 80s inland. 

Expect more of the same type of weather through the weekend and into mid week next week.

Long range models are suggesting some slightly cooler air moving into Florida in about 2 weeks from now perhaps getting back to more normal temperatures (high 74, low 55).

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Long range forecast

Cooler weather possibly in two weeks

Bob Harrigan

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