Chilly start Saturday but warmer weekend ahead

Chance for rain late Sunday

First Alert Weather - 6pm December 18, 2020

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - If you have an early tee time on Saturday bundle up it’s going to be cold. Temperatures will be in the upper 40′s from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. with winds out of the NE at 10 mph making it feel colder at times.

By 11 a.m. temperatures will respond to the east winds and sunshine bouncing back up to near 65 degrees. Plenty of sunshine can be expected for throughout the day with a high around 72 in the afternoon.

Saturday night not as cool with lows on Sunday in the mid 50′s. We will see generally fair skies overnight on Saturday through Sunday morning. Expect an increase in cloudiness on Sunday afternoon in advance of another cold front and storm system. The high on Sunday will be in the mid 70′s for most, low 70′s near the beaches.

Winds on Sunday will be out of the SE to S through much of the day blowing at 5-10 mph. The rain chance on Sunday afternoon is at 30% for late afternoon storms.

Cold front coming late this weekend
Cold front coming late this weekend (Source: wwsb)

Sunday night we can expect mostly cloudy skies with a good chance for storms as the prefrontal trough moves in Sunday evening and then the cold front early Monday morning. Skies will be partly cloudy on Monday with temperatures cooling down again as winds shift to the NW and pick up a bit. The high on Monday near 70.

Skies should clear in time for the Great Conjunction Monday night
Skies should clear in time for the Great Conjunction Monday night (Source: wwsb)

Monday night should be mostly fair to get a view of the “Great Conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn in the SW sky shortly after sunset on Monday. They will be very close to one another and be bright about 10 to 15 degrees above the horizon.

The weather will be nice on Tuesday and Wednesday with mostly sunny skies and highs in the low 70s.

For Christmas Eve we will see increasing clouds and a good chance for showers and thunderstorms later in the day as a strong cold front moves in. Once the front clears we will see much colder weather move in on Christmas day with highs in the low to mid 60′s.

For boaters expect winds out of the NW/NE 15 knots seas running 2-4 feet. Expect a light to moderate chop on the waters.

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