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First Alert Weather: Tropical low to increase rain chances this weekend.

Sarasota, FL (WWSB) -  An area of disturbed weather located in the Western Caribbean will move slowly to the North over the next couple of days toward Florida.

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Unsettled weather in the W. Caribbean

This area will not have much of a chance of developing into a large storm as conditions are expected to be marginal at best over the next several days.

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Area of concern

It will however bring a much better chance for some widespread showers and thunderstorms to our area mainly on Sunday and Monday.  This could cause some flooding concerns considering the ground is still saturated from Irma.

Right now the National Hurricane Center is only giving it a 20% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone over the next 5 days.  We saw that same kind of chance with Emily earlier this year and it developed into a tropical storm within a day.

So right now it appears it would be a rainmaker with some windy weather (20-30 mph) Sunday through Monday.  It is still a long way out, but must be watched closely through the weekend.

Expect partly cloudy skies on Thursday with a slight chance for mainly inland showers and thunderstorms.  Highs will be in the mid 80s near the beaches and near 90 inland.

Friday expect a much better chance for showers and thunderstorms making it to the coast later in the day, otherwise partly cloudy with a high near 90.

Bob Harrigan

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