Hurricane season is still a few weeks out and the equinox even more so, but summertime has already arrived in Florida, the National Weather Service said.
Nothing says summer in Florida like persistent afternoon highs near 90 and a looming threat of rain that gives off more will-it-won't-it feels than a budding sitcom romance three seasons in.
And that's right where we are.
"No relief is expected from the warm and muggy conditions as our Florida summertime weather pattern in starting to take shape," forecasters wrote in a weather overview.
Following an 89-degree Tuesday, Wednesday is expected to hit 90 in the bay area with a 20 percent chance of afternoon showers. The chance remains low today courtesy of a strong easterly flow that should keep the sea breeze out over the Gulf of Mexico, if not tight along the coast. The better chance of rain is down in Manatee and Sarasota counties where a frontal boundary that passed us a few days ago has stalled.
Some upper level disturbance is expected to make its way to the region on Thursday, increasing the chance for showers and storms to 40 percent, then 30 on Friday, 20 on Saturday and a diminutive 10 percent chance of rain in time for Mother's Day. Temperatures are expected to stay at or near 90 most afternoons through the weekend, with overnight lows in the 70s.
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