First Alert Weather: Saturday, July 11, 2020 - A lower coverage of showers and storms on Sunday

A weak cold front will dissipate to our north bringing slightly drier air to the northern half of the Suncoast. Skies will be mostly sunny with a 30% chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms through the afternoon. Feel-like temperatures will range anywhere from 104-108 degrees.

  Fay forms off Carolina coast

  First Alert Weather: Heat Advisory in effect

  Tropical Storm Fay forms off coast of the Carolinas

  Tropical low possible near Georgia over the weekend

  First Alert Weather: Developing low with tropical potential slowly drifts away from the Suncoast

Continued Coverage

  West winds continue but for how long?

  First Alert Weather: A low pressure area to the north brings good rain chances today

  First Alert Weather: Sunday, July 5th, 2020 - Scattered to numerous showers & storms to start the work week

  First Alert Weather: Saturday, July 4th, 2020 - Multiple rounds of showers and storms will continue to stream in from the Gulf of Mexico

  First Alert Weather: Friday, July 3, 2020 - Rain chances increase for the holiday weekend

  First Alert AM Weather: Friday, July 3, 2020 - Onshore flow continues bringing early rain chances across the Suncoast

  Better chance for storms over Holiday weekend

A stationary front draped over N. Florida will keep high pressure down to our south which will keep the west winds over us through Monday.This pattern will keep a chance for an isolated shower or two along the coast around sunrise and then they will move inland during the late morning and early p.m.

  First Alert Weather: Weekend rain chances going up

While today will be similar to the past several days, changes are coming tomorrow and into he weekend. This morning we will see scattered light showers move onshore from the Gulf.

  First Alert Weather: Mostly dry and warm today with a much higher weekend rain chance

We are watching a pattern develop for the weekend that drive spokes of energy into the deep south and impact our weekend. The forecast still has a large amount of uncertainty as the location of the disturbances will be important in our determining our rain chances.

  Storm system could disrupt weekend

Well 2020 has been a strange year to say the least, and so has the summer weather so far here along the Suncoast.We have had westerly winds for the past week and that means high humidity and mainly inland storms through Thursday and possibly through the weekend.

  First Alert Weather: Warm weather continues without many showers

  The heat continues with small chance for rain

  First Alert Weather: Hot, muggy and mostly dry for several days

  First Alert Weather: Sunday, June 28, 2020 - Limited coverage of showers and thunderstorms through Wednesday

  First Alert Weather: Saturday, June 27, 2020 - Hot & humid with isolated rain chances to end the weekend

  A little cooler but still hot this weekend

  Tornado spotted near I-75 and Clark Rd. Sarasota

Strong storms fired up along the Suncoast bringing some heavy rain, dangerous lightning, small hail and a possible tornado.

  First Alert Weather: The hot weather continues as Saharan Dust may impact air quality

High pressure continues to lift north and the east wind has established itself over the Suncoast. Moisture in the atmosphere is limited aloft but at the surface remain high and will produce dangerous heat indexes again today.

  Heat is on with a little dust thrown in as well

Temperatures will soar once again on Friday into the mid 90′s for most everyone and in the low 90′s near the coast.

  First Alert Weather: It gets even hotter today

We are in a transition time on the Suncoast with the wind pattern changing. Today we will see a light east wind that forms as the high pressure area that was sitting over us begins to lift north.

  Dangerous heat index again Thursday

The highest heat index on Wednesday was 110 in both Wauchula and Arcadia. With little change in the weather pattern we can expect more of this excessive heat to continue through Friday.

  First Alert Weather: Heat Advisory for the Suncoast

A Heat Advisory has been issued for the Suncoast. It is expected that Heat Indexes will reach 106 to 110 between noon and 6pm today, which will increase the risk for heat exhaustion or heat stroke

  Saharan dust to stay to our south and west for now

A large area of high pressure will remain anchored over S. Florida for the next 2 days. This will act as a blocking pattern to the African dust which is making its way through the Caribbean at this time.

  First Alert Weather: Hot and getting hotter

High pressure will be the major driver in today’s forecast. The flow of air is be a generally light west wind that will tend to push the sea-breeze inland and focus showers and thunderstorms in Hardee and DeSoto counties

  Inland storms favored some strong to severe

Typically we see a SE wind which collides with the sea breeze every afternoon during the summer months.The storms form inland and then are pushed westward toward the W. Coast in the late afternoon and evening due to the predominant east wind during the summer.

  First Alert Weather: Very hot afternoon with a chance for strong storms

High pressure located with a center very close to the Suncoast will cause very light winds today. . With air temperatures in the low 90′s and the moisture making it feel like 100

  First Alert Weather: Sunday, June 21, 2020 - Summertime weather pattern continues across the Suncoast

A typical summertime weather pattern continues across the Suncoast to start the workweek. Skies will be mostly sunny to partly sunny with afternoon highs climbing into the low 90s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms could develop along the sea breeze during the afternoon and evening.

  First Alert Weather: Saturday, June 20, 2020 - Warm Father’s Day with rain chances in the afternoon and evening

For Father’s Day, temperatures will warm quickly with afternoon highs topping out in the low 90s, with feel-like temperatures ranging anywhere from 98°-101°. Skies will be mostly sunny with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing off the sea breeze and from the heating of the day.

  Weekend looking good

Some slightly drier air is moving in on Saturday which means only a few scattered storms in the afternoon and evening. Most of the storms will be inland but one or two will make a break toward the coast in the afternoon and evening.

  First Alert Weather: Drier air moves in just in time for the weekend

Our atmosphere remains moist enough to support scattered showers today. Like yesterday the focus for the storms will be inland, but along the coast a mid morning or early afternoon storm is possible.

  Better chance for storms on Friday

An unstable air mass will be in place on Friday along with a trough of low pressure which will enhance our chances for showers and thunderstorms.

  First Alert Weather: Rain returns to the Suncoast

The low pressure area over the Carolina’s is moving away and slowly decreasing in intensity. This will allow high pressure over the Suncoast to adjust to open a path for moisture to our south to move in.

  Storms make a comeback on Thursday

After a few days of lower than average humidity and storm coverage here along the Suncoast we are going to get back to it on Thursday.The storm system which was sending dry air our way is slipping away to the north and the tropical air mass will move in and stick around through Saturday.

  First Alert Weather: Moisture slowly returns to the Suncoast

Dry air aloft will still limit the number of potential showers that might form later today. The most likely location for storms will be in inland locations, east of the interstate, after the sea-breeze forms late in the day

  Storms come back later this week

The stretch of dry weather will continue for one more day and then a gradual rise in humidity and storms will begin on Thursday.We will see one or two lone storms on Wednesday but generally mostly sunny skies are expected in the morning and then partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. There is a 20%

  First Alert Weather: Dry Suncoast weather continues

Dry air continues to be pushed southward by a spinning low pressure area along the mid-Atlantic coast. This feature is acting as an omega block, a meteorological weather pattern that features very slow moving systems.

  Dry air sticks around through Wednesday

A bit of a break in our afternoon storms is attributed to an area of low pressure spinning near the Carolina coast.The winds rotating around this low is bringing in mainly N to NE winds which is funneling in much drier air over the Suncoast.

  First Alert Weather: Dry air slashes rain chances

There is a nearly stationary mid-level area of low pressure the spins over the Carolina’s for the next few days. This feature, called a cut-off low, will produce storminess and the threat of flooding rain in the near coastal regions of North and South Carolina.

  First Alert Weather: Sunday, June 14, 2020 - Drier air returns limiting rain chances early in the week

Mostly sunny skies with afternoon highs topping out in the low 90s with feel-like temperatures ranging from 94-97 degrees. A few pop up showers and thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon and evening.

  First Alert Weather: Saturday, June 13, 2020 - Showers and thunderstorms develop tomorrow afternoon and evening

Skies will be mostly sunny with atmospheric moisture increasing throughout the day. This increase in moisture will interact with the heating of the day and the sea breeze, which will allow scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms to return in the afternoon and evening.

A few showers possible on Saturday

Some slightly drier air has moved in and will stick around through Saturday but by Sunday p.m. storms will begin to pick up just a little.

  First Alert Weather: Dry air has moved in and fewer storms expected today

Upper air winds have brought in dry air aloft. While humidity remains high at the surface and heat indexes will hover near 100, the dry air aloft will limit the number of storms that develop in the late afternoon inland and drift to the coast in the early evening and early nigh

  Fewer storms on Friday

After all the tropical downpours on Thursday we will dry out a bit on Friday and continue through Saturday.The rain chance over the upcoming days drops down to 30% for both Friday and Saturday. We will see generally sunny skies through most of the day with only an isolated shower or two in the

  First Alert Weather: Watch for thunderstorms late today

Moisture will converge over the Suncoast this afternoon as a cool front moves into Florida and stalls to the north. It will be another hot day with high temperatures in the low 90′s.

  Summer heat continues with p.m. storms

Thursday expect a little better for showers and thunderstorms to move toward the coast in the late afternoon and evening. Some of the storms could be strong to severe at times.

  The heat is on with heat indices in the 100’s

The meteorological summer has begun but not the astronomical summer. That happens on June 20th at 5:43 p.m.That is known as summer solstice but the meteorological summer began on Memorial day and it feels like it here.

  First Alert Weather: Mostly dry and warm today

High pressure controls our weather today. It builds in from the Atlantic and expands across Florida and into the Gulf waters. With the high in place our winds will be light and variable.

  First Alert Weather: Monday, June 8, 2020 - Summertime heat sticks around with heat indices 100-103°

There will be enough atmospheric moisture overhead allowing for partly sunny skies. Afternoon highs will top out in the upper 80s and low 90s. Oppressive dew points will allow feel-like temperatures to range anywhere from 100-103 degrees. Scattered showers and thunderstorms return in the afternoon.

  First Alert Weather: Slowly returning to a typical Suncoast weather pattern

The Suncoast will slowly return to a more typical weather pattern. Expect mostly inland storms today

  First Alert Weather: Sunday, June 7, 2020 - We welcome back our typical summertime pattern for the upcoming work week

A High Surf Advisory will remain in effect through Monday afternoon. Skies will be partly sunny with afternoon highs topping out in the upper 80s However, dew points will remain high which will allow feel-like temperatures to range anywhere from 99°-101°.

  First Alert Weather: Saturday, June 6, 2020 - A soggy end to the weekend with a typical summertime weather pattern returning next week

Tropical Storm Cristobal will most likely make landfall in Louisiana early tomorrow afternoon. We will see pockets of dry air in the mid-levels of the atmosphere arrive tomorrow, allowing for periods of showers and isolated thunderstorms.

  First Alert Weather: Flood Watch continues through Sunday night along with other local advisories in place

Multiple rounds of heavy showers and thunderstorms are possible through the weekend as moisture continues to surge in from Tropical Storm Cristobal. Cristobal will move through the central Gulf of Mexico through the weekend.

  First Alert Weather: Flood Watch Extended

The flow of deep tropical moisture continues into the weekend with showers and thunderstorms possible almost any time.

  Torrential downpours possible again Friday

Will it ever end? The rain keeps coming and coming as a series of disturbances pinwheel around a large gyre of low pressure over the Gulf and Caribbean. We have already seen 5-7 inches of rain is some areas over the past 2 days and more is on the weay. So a flood watch will remain in effect thro

Tropical Depression Cristobal will move into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend with a chance to gradually restrengthen

The center of Tropcial Depression Cristobal should remain over land into Friday morning, some additional weakening could occur during the next 12-24 hours. A re-intensification trend is expected to commence in 36 hours, assuming that the center moves back into the Gulf of Mexico by then.

Some areas saw 3-6″ of rainfall yesterday with an additional 1-3″ of rain possible through Friday night

A Flood Watch remains in effect for the entire Suncoast through Saturday afternoon. Multiple rounds of heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms will occur over the next couple of days.

  First Alert Weather: Flood Watch

Six inches of rain or more are possible over the 7 days ahead and localized flooding of poor drainage areas, low lying areas and roads will be possible. A flood watch is in effect

  First Alert Weather Days Ahead

Torrential rain fell upon the Suncoast on Wednesday. Rainfall on Wednesday totaled up to 6 inches in some areas over N. Sarasota and S. Manatee prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning as one point.

  First Alert Weather: Rain chances spike tonight and tomorrow

Our general east wind continues today as a lobe of moisture and rain advances from the Gulf. The high pressure ridge that pushed most of the rain out to sea yesterday relaxes a bit today.

  Venice tornado was brief but powerful

The forecast for the next several days is calling for a good deal of rain as a series of disturbances will move or pinwheel around the tropical cyclone to our south.

  First Alert Weather: Thursday is a First Alert Weather Day

Our tropical system in the southwest Gulf waters continues to develop. Much of the weekend forecast is dependent on the strength and location of this system

  Tropical Depression #3 has formed in Gulf

We have already had Arthur and Bertha and now possibly Cristobal by Tuesday. There is a lot of uncertainty with this one as it will get hung up in the SW Gulf of Mexico where water temperatures are well above average.

  First Alert Weather: In this first week of hurricane season, a named storm may form in the Gulf

Today is the first day of hurricane season and already two named storms have formed. Before the week is over a third storm, which will be named Cristobal,

  First Alert Weather: Sunday, May 31, 2020 - Numerous showers and thunderstorms expected for the next several days

Afternoon highs are expected to soar back into the low 90s. Feel-like temperatures will be anywhere from 97-102 degrees. Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop in the afternoon and early evening.

  First Alert Weather: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - Summertime heat continues with daily rain chances well into next week

For tomorrow, skies will be mostly sunny with isolated showers and thunderstorms developing from the heating of the day and along the sea breeze. The rain chance will be higher for interior locations mainly east of I-75. Temperatures will top out in the upper 80s.

  3 tropical cyclones before the season even starts?

It’s off to a crazy start and it hasn’t even started officially. The 2020 hurricane season officially starts Monday June 1st. and goes through Nov. 30th.

  First Alert AM Weather: Friday, May 29, 2020 - Scattered showers & storms redevelop this afternoon

Atmospheric moisture remains high across the Suncoast and will interact with the daily sea breeze along with the heating of the day. This will create scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.

  Typical scattered late day storms Friday

We are into the summer pattern right now with mainly afternoon and evening storms expected through Saturday. We will see some slightly drier air settle in on Sunday and stick around through the work week.

  First Alert Weather: A shift in weather patterns brings better rain chance

When the air over Florida gets warm and muggy, thunderstorms become likely. the question is where and at what time will the storms form. The answer often lies in the wind direction.

  Rain chances increasing for the coast

Tropical storm Bertha has been downgraded to a tropical depression and has left us with thick sticky tropical air.

  First Alert Weather: Problematic weather for space launch

With the first ever private company launch of astronauts into space scheduled for 4:33 pm, the weather remains a concern. The Suncoast and the entire state will be under the influence of a southwest wind.

  Another early tropical system developing?

An area of disturbed weather is being watched closely by the National Hurricane Center. An area of low pressure continues to spin near NE Florida and has a 30% chance of developing into the 2nd. tropical cyclone of the season.

  First Alert Weather: Sunshine returns today with afternoon showers

A broad surface low and trough with upper level energy approaching from the west will continue to keep unsettled weather across Florida. On the Suncoast we will watch Some slightly drier air aloft moves into the area and brings more morning and afternoon sunshine.

  First Alert Weather: Monday, May 25, 2020 - A warming trend ahead with daily rain chances through the week

A few peaks of sunshine tomorrow with temperatures topping out in the mid-80s. Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon and early evening.