SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - For this Friday afternoon, expect mostly sunny skies, with highs near or just above 90 degrees; (average high is 86). We actually achieved a high of 94 degrees yesterday, breaking the old record of 93 set back in 1962. Northeast winds will mostly be sustained at 10 mph, flowing around an area of high pressure to our north.
Clear skies will continue into this evening and for the overnight, as lows drop down into the upper 60′s and low 70′s; (average low is 69). Winds will again be out of the east at 10 mph.
The sunshine, dry conditions, and low humidity values will continue over the weekend, thanks to dry air aloft over the state of Florida. Best chance for rain comes our way mid next week, with cooler air filtering in behind the next system... which could also help cool down our temperatures to lower than average.
As for the tropics... a new storm formed late this morning off the northeast coast of the US. The name of it is called “Melissa”. Melissa is a subtropical storm with sustained winds of 65 mph. The pressure is at 995 mb, and the current movement is to the S-SW at only 3 mph. Even though Melissa is moving to the south and west, a cold front looks to bounce it back to the east and northeast, so this system most likely won’t make landfall. However, it’ll cause high surf and gusty winds on the northeastern seaboard.
There’s also a vigorous storm system pouncing on the central plains today. To the south of the system, severe weather is possible, and to the north, where the air is below freezing, heavy snow is falling. And gusty winds are causing blowing snow blizzard conditions in North Dakota. But when this system finally wraps up in a couple of days, there might be up to 24″ of snow accumulation in some locations around North Dakota.
In the meantime, have a Fantastic Friday afternoon everyone, and enjoy this wonderful sun-filled weekend weather!
Meteorologist Josh Stone