SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A trough of low pressure over the eastern United States will see some energy passing through it today. That energy will tap into warm moist air over the state and bring good chances for thunderstorms later this morning and into the afternoon and evening. Some of the storms that develop could become strong to severe with gusty winds, hail and heavy rain. The rains will make driving difficult as water ponds on roadways. Because of the numerous thunderstorms, there will also be frequent lightning strikes. Although some storms will move onshore in the mid to late morning, the bulk of the activity should occur in the afternoon. By early evening the storms will begin to move inland and away from the Suncoast.
Tomorrow some drier air will move in from the north and our rain chances will go down as the energy aloft ejects out of the area. There will still be a few storms around, but they will not be as numerous today or as strong. By mid-week the skies will be mostly sunny and rain chances low. Temperatures will begin to rise and the 90′s will be common. With the warm temperatures will come afternoon sea breeze thunderstorms later this work-week and weekend.