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First Alert Weather: West winds to continue over the weekend; Red Tide Update

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - A few overnight and morning showers can be expected near the coast, with the main focus shifting inland later in the day.  West winds will continue to keep the dead fish blowing toward the E. coast of the Bay.

S. Sarasota County Map

Still high near Venice airport

N. Sarasota County Map

High concentrations on Siesta continue

The latest red tide or harmful algae bloom report has come in from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or FWC.  It is still showing very low to high concentrations from samples taken across SW Florida.

There were 29 samples in Sarasota County down from 40 from Wednesday. While in Manatee County there were  8 samples showing very low to high concentrations, up from 7 samples this past Wednesday.

Manatee Red Tide Map

7 samples in Manatee CO showing very low to high concentrations

The forecast is calling for mainly westerly winds over the weekend which will keep the dead fish from flushing out into the Gulf.  Although with a new moon high tides will be a bit stronger over the next several days which may help disperse the red tide and clean the Bay a bit.

Some drier air will be moving in on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week which will limit our rain chances on those days.

By Thursday winds will again switch around to the SE which will bring the afternoon and evening storms back to the coast.

Highs will be in the upper 80s to near 90 and a heat index near 100 each afternoon.  Lows will be a few degrees above average over the weekend with temperatures only falling down to the upper 70s to low 80s.

Report from FWC on fish kills and respiratory reports coming in this week.

We continue to receive reports of fish kills in Southwest Florida. Over the past week, reports were received for multiple locations in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties, and one location in Charlotte County. More detailed information is available at

Respiratory irritation was reported over the past week in Manatee County (8/3-8/10) at Coquina Beach,

8/3-8/4 and 8/6-8/10 at Manatee Beach

Sarasota County

(8/2 and 8/5-8/10 at Lido Key

8/2-8/4 and 8/6-8/10 at Manasota Beach

8/2-8/4 and 8/6-8/10 at Nokomis

8/2 and 8/4-8/10 at Siesta Key

8/2-8/3, 8/7, and 8/10 at Venice Beach

8/2-8/4 and 8/6-8/10 at Venice North Jetty

Bob Harrigan

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