The heat is on along the Suncoast
Watching a potential tropical low
SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Most everyone has heard the phrase “It’s not the heat it’s the humidity” when referring to the heat. Well that is certainly the case here along the Suncoast lately. The temperatures have been pretty close to average near 90 degrees each day, but the dewpoint or humidity has been in the oppressive range making it feel more like 105! This is all due to a persistent west wind and lack of afternoon storms which tend to cool things down.
Typically we see winds during the morning come in from the ESE and then collided with the west coast sea breeze during the mid afternoon in our inland Counties. This collision creates thunderstorms which then are blown west toward the coast. We rely on these storms to cool us down during the late afternoon and evening. This pattern has been absent over the past several days which means heat indices in the 100-105 degree range can be expected again on Friday.
If you have to be outside for any extended amount of time make sure you are well hydrated and wearing light colored loose fitting clothing. Try to stay in the shade as much as possible and don’t over exert yourself. Take frequent breaks and drink small amounts of water frequently.
Friday look for a few coastal showers or an isolated thunderstorm during the late morning and early afternoon, then they will be moving inland later in the day. The rain chance is at 30% chance near the coast and 40% east of I-75. The highs over the area will be in the low 90′s and the lows will be in the upper 70′s. It will feel uncomfortable even through the evening hours through the early morning hours due to the high humidity.
Saturday we will see a much better chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms at anytime during the day as the rain chance goes to 60%. Some additional moisture moves back in which will bring higher chances for storms through Monday.
We are watching an area of disturbed weather coming off the coast of Georgia into the Atlantic. Right now the National Hurricane Center is giving this system a 30% chance of developing over the next 5 days and only a 20% over the next 2 days. It looks like it will meander around off the coast of NE Florida this weekend. It looks like it will bring a good chance for showers over parts of the Florida peninsula through Monday. Nothing to worry about right now.
For boaters look for winds out of the NW at 10 knots with seas running 2 feet or less with a light chop on the waters.
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