FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Below average rain chance on Tuesday

Sarasota CO. FL (WWSB) - Once again dry air in the upper levels has settled in over the Suncoast.  Rain chances staying well below average on Tuesday.

This dry air helped keep skies fairly cloud free during the eclipse and will do so on Tuesday to a lesser degree.

A little more moisture will return on Tuesday bringing our rain chances up to 30% for late day storms.

The dry air moves out on Wednesday bringing a much better chance for showers and thunderstorms. This pattern is expected to continue through the weekend as an area of low pressure is expected to develop in the E. Gulf.

Right now it appears that this low will be a weak one at best. One must remember however that it is late Aug. and the water temperature is near 90!

Predicting intensity with these systems is very hard and will need to be watched closely later this week.  My feeling is that it will be a rain maker, something we could use considering we are 4 inches below average for the month.

Tuesday expect partly cloudy skies with only a few late day storms and a high in the low 90s. The heat index will near 101-106 in the afternoon. Rain chance is at 30%

Wednesday the moisture returns and the rain chances will be increasing. Look for a good chance of showers and thunderstorms through the weekend.

What's left of tropical storm Harvey is expected to gather once again and become a tropical storm again. It will cross the Yucatan and redevelop into a possible hurricane in the SW Gulf of Mexico. At this time there is a chance of it moving more to the NW and impacting Texas later this week. Stay tuned.

Bob Harrigan

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