Cold front to bring changes

Cooler weekend ahead

First Alert Weather - 6pm March 16, 2021

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Warm weather will last through Thursday and then things cool down to more seasonable levels on Friday. We will see a few showers and an isolated thunderstorm is possible with this front as it pushes through the area.

The timing of the cold front looks to be late Thursday evening through early Friday morning. At this time not expecting any severe storms with this line but we could hear some rumble of thunder with a couple of imbedded thunderstorms.

For St. Patrick’s Day look for a mostly sunny, breezy and warm day once again with a high around 83 near the coast and mid-to-upper 80s inland east of I-75. Winds will be from the southeast turning to the south-southwest by the afternoon at around 10-15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

Thursday, we’ll wake up to temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s so a warm and muggy start to the day. We will see partly cloudy skies on Thursday with a 20% chance for an inland afternoon shower. The winds will be strong out of the southwest at 10-20 mph with some boating advisories in place for Suncoast waters. The high on Thursday will be in the low 80s.

Strong to severe storms mainly to our north as cold front moves through
Strong to severe storms mainly to our north as cold front moves through (Source: wwsb)

Thursday evening, look for increasing cloudiness along with a few showers moving in from the Gulf. The rain chance Thursday night through Friday morning is at 40%. There is a marginal risk of one or two of the storms turning strong to severe but those chances are very small at this time. The rain will be out of here by sunrise on Friday with temperatures to start the day in the mid60s. We will see partly cloudy, breezy and cooler conditions move in Friday. The high on Friday will be in the mid-70s with winds out of the northwest at 10-20 mph.

Friday night through Saturday morning will be a bit cooler with lows dropping down into the mid-to-upper 50s to start the day on Saturday. We will see partly cloudy skies on Saturday with highs more seasonable. The high on Saturday will be in the mid-70s. So cooler but not really that cold.

There is a chance for some additional cloudiness as a line of low pressure will be left behind the front. This system will bring some occasional cloudiness along with a slight risk of a few showers both Saturday and Sunday. We will still see sunshine intermixed with some clouds, so not a total loss.

Highs on Sunday will be in the mid-70s as well.

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For boaters look for winds out of the south at 15 knots and seas running 2 feet with a moderate chop.

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