Dangerous heat indices expected over weekend

Saharan Dust to move into Gulf over the weekend

First Alert Weather - 6:00pm June 21, 2019

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The first full day of Summer will feel like it with highs in the low to mid 90′s and the heat index approaching 103 during the afternoon.

High pressure will move up from the south and park right over the Suncoast for the weekend. This means plenty of sunshine and little or no breeze during the day. The humidity will remain high at the surface which will make for an uncomfortable afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday.

Make sure you stay hydrated over the weekend and seek shelter in the shade and try to find air conditioned spaces to cool off during the heat of the day. If you begin to feel nauseated or queasy take it easy slow down and get medical help asap.

The high pressure will break down by Tuesday and then we will begin to see a much better chance for showers and thunderstorms to make a return to the Suncoast. Low temperatures will be in the upper 70′s overnight.

For boaters seas will be less than 2 ft. throughout the weekend.

The Saharan dust will be moving through the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend. This will bring more enhanced red color to both the sunset and the sunrise on Saturday and Sunday. This dust is so fine that it gets carried into the upper atmosphere and moves across the Atlantic all the way over to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. This typically happens in the latter half of June and early July.

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