SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Hurricane Zeta made landfall around 5 p.m. as a cat. 2 hurricane with winds up to 110 mph after rapidly intensfying throughout the day on Wednesday. It becomes the 11th named storm to make landfall into the U.S. breaking the record of 9 in 1916.
It’s moving at fast pace through the deep South and then off to North Carolina and Virgina on Thursday.
It will also sweep a cold front our way early Friday morning bringing with it some slightly cooler but more importantly drier air in its wake.
For Thursday expect mostly sunny skies to start the day becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon with a high near 88 degrees. Winds will begin to switch around to the south and then southwest in the afternoon. This will keep the humidity up so expect it to be another warm one. Not expecting any record highs on Thursday but the feels like will be in the mid 90′s. The rain chance is at 20% for a passing shower or two in the afternoon.
Thursday night increasing cloudiness with a 30% chance for a line of showers to move through during the early morning hours as the front moves in. Lows will be in the low 70′s to start the day.
There may be a few showers and some clouds around daybreak but should begin to clear out as the much drier air moves in on a west to northwest wind. The high will be near the average for this time of year which is 83 degrees. Hold on to your hat Friday as it will be breezy especially behind the front.
Friday night looks good with clear skies and cooler weather with lows to start on Saturday with lows in the mid to upper 60′s inland and near 70 at the beach.
Saturday we will see mostly sunny skies and a high around 84 degrees with winds out of the NE at 10-15 mph.
Sunday partly cloudy and highs in the mid 80′s expected and a 20% chance for a few isolated showers.
A great start to the work week can be expected as some cooler air moves in once again with mostly sunny skies on Monday and highs in the upper 70′s to low 80′s. Nice!
Election day looks great with mostly sunny skies and highs around 80 degrees.
For boaters expect some higher winds out of the SW at 15 kts. and seas 3-5 feet. There will be a moderate chop on the waters. A rip current statement is in effect for all area beaches through Thursday evening.