SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - As an area of low pressure along the mid-Atlantic coast hugs against a building area of high pressure in the Plains forcing winds out of the north and driving in cool and dry air. The combination of the wind, temperature, and dryness combine to put a bite in the morning air for cold-sensitive Suncoasters. This chill will abate in the afternoon under the influence of wall to wall sunshine. Nevertheless, it will continue to feel cool as the high temperature only makes it to the low 60′s, keeping most of the daylight hours in the 50′s with a breezy wind. Tonight will be even cooler as the wind subsides under a clear and stary sky. Temperatures will drop into the mid to lower 40′s area-wide for coastal locations and frost may form in Hardee and Desoto counties.
A noticeable warm-up will start on Thursday as winds begin to shift east. By the weekend moisture will also increase enough to keep the nights nearly 20 degrees warmer and the highs topping out in the mid to even upper 70′s. The next chance for rain will come on Sunday with a still-low confidence chance for late-day showers, as another cold front approaches. The strength of the front is still in question as model differences are great with regard to the rain potential.