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After some morning showers, we begin clearing

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Just a few showers will be across the Suncoast producing mostly light rainfall till midmorning. The upper-level disturbance that is aiding in producing the light rain will exit the area and the stalled front to the south will drift farther to the south and allow high pressure to build. As this happens, drier air will build in and rain chances will diminish into the… → Read More

Unsettled weather continues into the work week

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Although yesterday’s more steady rains will abate today, continued rain chances of 40% in the later afternoon and evening will continue. Coverage of the rain will be much less than yesterday today but could pick up some tomorrow. Clouds will still cover our skies and help hold temperatures to the mid-70s. Most notable in our forecast will be the gusty winds. With a breezy… → Read More

Cool air arrives on the Suncoast

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A cold front has moved through, and north winds will keep most of the day in the 50s and 60s. The air is significantly drier, with dew points in the 40s. While some people may need a light sweater or jacket at times, most will think today will feel refreshing and a welcome change from the higher humidity. Sunshine will be in full force as well. Winds will be elevated a… → Read More

A series of cold fronts will push through this week

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Today high pressure will build in behind a cold front that will continue to push its way south. As this happens, our winds will turn from the northwest, with a component off the Gulf waters, to northeast and directed over land. This will take us from a mostly cloudy sky to a sunny sky. High pressure will build in and rain chances will be at a minimum for days to come,… → Read More

Nicole will move toward the Bahamas today; intensification is forecast

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A building area of high pressure to the north of Nicole will drive the storm in a move southwesterly direction today, on a path that will take her toward the Bahamas later today. It will move out from under the influence of an upper-level trough and dry air and begin to tap into the warm waters off the southeast Florida coast. As it does so, thunderstorm activity will… → Read More

Several warm humid days this week before tropical weather could impact the Suncoast

Watching the tropics this week as Subtropical Storm Nicole forms → Read More

Drier air creates comfortable days, but questions remain for next week

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Drier air filtered in overnight and will continue to do so today. While not an impressive magnitude of low dew point dry air, it is sufficiently dry to make the day feel a bit more comfortable. It will be noticeable. It will also make it very difficult for the atmosphere to build showers and we should stay dry for the next few days. The air aloft is also drying out and… → Read More

The Suncoast will see sun, low humidity and dry, warm weather for several days

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Today, the winds will shift to a more northerly direction. This will facilitate a surge in lower moisture content air across the Suncoast by afternoon. The lower dew point air will be accompanied by building high pressure. Those two factors together will cause the skies to become sunny and the afternoon humidity to be very comfortable when compared to the last few days.… → Read More

Unsettled weather for the Suncoast today

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A very weak front will move into the area today and creep to a halt over the Suncoast. The combination of the front and afternoon sea breeze will help trigger a shower or two this afternoon in what will end up being the best rainfall chance we will see this week. And it will not be a large chance at that. By tonight into tomorrow the front will get an extra little nudge… → Read More

Warmer than average today with an approaching cold front on its way

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A very calm weather pattern in the forecast this week, with only one very weak cold front approaching. The front is located in the Panhandle and will very slowly move to the southern tip of Florida by the middle of the week, where it will stall out and wash away. It will not bring any cold air and no real additional rain chances, but it could perhaps lower the humidity by… → Read More

Warm temperatures in today’s forecast

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The very weak cold front that brought a few showers to the Suncoast yesterday will lift north as a warm front today and wash out. In doing so, a more easterly wind will develop, which is a warming wind for us. High pressure will build in and compress surface air, with is also a warming mechanism. Plenty of sunshine can be expected throughout the day, which of course will… → Read More

Seasonably warm weather with only one chance for rain this week

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Expect another warm afternoon with highs in the lower to mid-80s. It will be a few degrees cooler than yesterday as winds turn progressively more westward. The Gulf water is cooler these days, and a west breeze will keep the afternoon slightly milder than yesterday’s southeast winds were able to achieve. We will, however pay for the few cooler degrees with higher… → Read More

Weather remains quiet as humidity steadily increases

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - High pressure remains in control of our weather in the short term. Stable conditions bring continuing sunny weather with only a few scattered clouds for the next few days. Surface winds out of the northeast will continue to slowly transport moisture from the Atlantic and a slow rise in surface humidity should continue. However, the air mass as a whole is dry, particularly… → Read More

Warming trend for the Suncoast continues into the weekend

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - There has been an area of low pressure attached to a frontal boundary to our east promoting midlevel clouds that moved in from the east. That system will continue to lift out to the northeast today, pulling away from the Suncoast. Back to the west, an expanding area of high pressure will continue to build in, bringing quiet weather. At the surface, a northeast wind will… → Read More

Cold front moves through the Suncoast today

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A powerful cold front is driving cold Canadian air southward across the United States and will set many low temperature records as far south as Alabama. The cold air will prompt freeze warnings and watches across the Upper Mississippi Valley, the Ohio Valley, and the Deep South. The leading edge of the cold air will pass by in the late morning. You will know it has moved… → Read More

A taste of fall is in the forecast

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - We start the day with a humid wind developing out of the south and a mostly sunny sky. However, an approaching cold front will increase afternoon cloudiness and bring showers and gusty thunderstorms to the Suncoast by midafternoon. Temperatures in the afternoon will be warm but slightly below the average for the day due to the extra cloud cover. Also, afternoon… → Read More

Several more dry and sunny days before rain chances return

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A stalled front to our south will keep moisture at bay for several more days. Winds will continue to have an easterly component that will slowly increase surface moisture and make the afternoons feel slightly more humid. The real surge in humidity will come next week as a developing Tropical Depression 13 moves westward in the tropics and makes landfall in Central America… → Read More

Fall-like weather remains until weekend

We are slowly evolving into more summer-like weather → Read More

Warm-up on the way for the Suncoast

By tomorrow we will see afternoon highs in the mid-80s → Read More

A cold front moves past today

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - An early season cool front will come through dry today and bring with it dry air and a few more clouds. Winds may also be a bit stronger today, but well below the level of concern. The front will kick up a few high clouds and draw down some of the driest air we have seen this season. Dew points will fall into the 50s tomorrow morning for a time, before rebounding into the… → Read More