SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - An expanding area of high pressure will direct winds out of the northeast to east and finally southeast by New Years Eve. The easterly, but shifting winds keep us in a warming trend that boosts high temperatures into the mid 70′s to start the week and drives them up into the low 80′s to finish off 2020. Humidity will slowly rise and keep the night-time temperatures warmer by mid-week, with 60′s common. By mid-week into late week the winds will increase as the pressure gradient across the Suncoast tightens in response to the high shifting east and a cold front advancing toward Florida.
On News Years Day a front will move down the state and bring a chance for showers. This will not be a strong front and temperatures will only fall into the upper 60′s. In fact, it will take several front passing by one after another to finally bring in the air cool enough to get us to temperatures that low. The first front will stall and bring unsettled weather for Friday and Saturday before the second front surges past and returns us to sunny skies on Sunday.