SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Coldest night of the year expected as clear skies and light winds from the north will allow temperatures to drop into the mid to upper 30′s inland and upper 30′s to mid 40′s closer to the coast. This is some 12-18 degrees below average.
This kind of set up will allow frost to form from about 4 a.m. through 8 a.m. on Thursday. A frost advisory is in effect from a couple of miles inland eastward or basically from I-75 east through Highlands County. While there is no freeze warning for the Suncoast at this time there is a small chance we could see freezing temperatures for a couple of hours for Desoto, Hardee and Highlands Counties. There is a freeze watch for these Counties until 8 a.m. Thursday.
If you have sensitive plants in the or near the area of the frost zone you may want to bring them inside to protect them and if you can’t do that cover them.
After a very cold start we will warm into the mid 60′s with plenty of sunshine through the day. Winds will turn to the east which will begin the warming trend for the rest of the week.
Friday we will start off much warmer with lows in the low 50′s, which is around the average for this time of year. Friday will be nice with mostly sunny skies expected and a high around 75 degrees.
The weekend is looking to be a bit tricky of a forecast as there are two different solutions right now with the two major forecast models. The EURO is showing a good chance for rain Saturday afternoon as a frontal boundary moves into Central Florida. This front gets hung up over our area and keeps us in the clouds with a good chance for rain on Sunday along the old frontal zone.
The GFS or U.S. model is showing the clouds and rain moving in late Saturday afternoon and continuing through Sunday morning. Sunday morning some light rain possible and then the rain chances lower in the late afternoon and evening.
My forecast for Saturday is calling for increasing cloudiness with a 30% chance for showers in the afternoon and then a 60% chance for showers overnight and through the early afternoon Sunday. The high on Saturday will reach the mid 70′s and lows in the upper 50′s.
Sunday expect some scattered showers through the early afternoon and then mostly cloudy through the evening with a 60% chance for morning rain and then 30% chance later in the day. The high on Sunday will be near 73 degrees. Winds will be out of the west at 10-15 mph.
For boaters expect winds out of the east at 10 knots and seas running 2 feet or less and a light chop on the bays and inland waters.