Hybrid summer pattern continues across the area
Rain chances stay elevated for inland areas mainly
SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - With an upper level low extending from S. Florida through Cuba we can expect to see moisture being pumped up into our area over the next several days. With a strong sea breeze developing each day look for the bulk of the scattered storms to be inland. One or two will try and get to the coast but a lot will be east of the interstate.
This is not a typical summer pattern but it is getting close to normal. Usually we see a high pressure ridge set up off the coast of NE Florida around Bermuda. This brings in winds out of the east to southeast which in turn runs into the west coast sea breeze and enhances the storms causing them to get taller and stronger as the afternoon marches on. Then they typically begin to move back toward the coast and bring heavy rain and dangerous lightning along with them.
Typically the rain cooled air brings the temperatures down some 10-15 degrees after a storm passes which is nice.
Thursday look for partly cloudy skies with a good chance for late afternoon and early evening storms mainly inland moving toward the NNW at 5-10 mph. The rain chance is at 50%. Most of the day will be nice and warm with a high in the upper 80′s.
We can expect more of the same through the weekend with a 40-50% chance for late day storms.
Now with the low pressure in the upper atmosphere it is not like our true summer pattern but close enough.
For boaters look for winds out of the SE at 5-10 knots and seas less than 2 feet and a light chop on the bays and inland waters.
The tropics remain quiet at this time and should stay that way through Friday.
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