Strong to severe storms possible Sunday

Some heavy rain likely

First Alert Weather - 6pm April 9, 2021

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - All good things must come to an end and that is what is going to happen this weekend with our beautiful beach and boating weather. An area of low pressure will develop over the Southeast and swing a frontal system our way late Saturday and through Sunday.

Saturday we will start off with mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies followed by mostly cloudy skies in the late afternoon as the first piece of energy moves through our area late in the day. The rain chance for late afternoon storms is at 40%.

The highs on Saturday will be in the mid 80′s near the beaches and upper 80′s to low 90′s elsewhere. It will feel warmer with higher humidity around on a south to southwest wind at 10-20 mph.

Saturday evening expect a possibility of some showers otherwise mostly cloudy skies with lows in the upper 60′s to low 70′s. Winds will be brisk out of the SW at 10-15 mph and gusts up to 20 mph.

Around sunrise on Sunday we can expect a good chance for showers and thunderstorms some of which could be on the strong to severe side. Although the risk is low for our area for the potential of severe storms there may be one or two that could produce some winds up to 50 mph along with some small hail. The rain chance is at 80% on Sunday and 30% chance for thunderstorms in the mix of the large area of rain.

There will be another chance for showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening on Sunday as the actual front moves through. Expect to see the clouds to stick around on Sunday evening.

Monday we will see some drier air move in behind the front and skies will be partly cloudy with highs in the low 80′s.

Small risk of strong to severe storms Sunday
Small risk of strong to severe storms Sunday (Source: WWSB)

There will be another chance for some rain on Wednesday and Thursday as another piece of energy expected to move in from the Gulf. Right now the rain chance is at 20% for both those days under partly cloudy skies with highs in the low 80′s.

For boaters expect the winds out of the SW at 15 knots and gusts up to 20 later in the day on Saturday. Seas will be in the 2-3 foot range with a moderate chop on the waters.

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