First Alert Weather: Windy Wednesday with only slight chance for showers

Sarasota, FL (WWSB) - We are stuck between two different pressure systems.  A high pressure over the SE U.S. and a low pressure to our South. This is causing a tight pressure gradient which is bringing winds up to 15-20 mph out of the E-NE.

This pattern will persist through the next couple of days with a small craft advisory in effect through Thursday.

Expect partly cloudy skies on Wednesday with a high near 88 degrees and a slight chance for a few passing showers.  The atmosphere will moisten up a bit on Thursday bringing a better chance for showers and thunderstorms.

The rain chances will stay elevated through the weekend as a result of a couple of tropical systems located to our South.  The one over the Florida Straits has only a 10% chance of developing into our next tropical cyclone, while the other in the SW Caribbean has a 70% chance of developing over the next 5 days.

The system in the SW Caribbean is forecast to move Northward over the next couple of days and eventually get into the Gulf of Mexico.  It is still too early to say if this system will have a significant impact on our weather at this time.  We must monitor this situation very carefully over the next couple of days.

One thing it will do is increase our rain chances through the weekend and into early next week.  Even if it were to develop it looks like it would not be a very strong system, however it could still be a tropical storm or a low end hurricane.  Too early to say at this time.

Bob Harrigan

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