WEATHER FORECAST: Rain chances continue this week

By Mike Clay, Bay News 9 Chief Meteorologist
Last Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017, 9:13 PM EDT

An elongated low pressure area is over the Yucatan Peninsula, Northwestern Caribbean, and Southern Gulf of Mexico.

  • Cloudy, humid through mid-week
  • Good rain chances continue
  • Watching for tropical storm development in Gulf

A low level center appears to be trying to form southwest of Florida over the open Gulf. This low will likely move toward the Northern Gulf Coast region of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Western Florida Panhandle.

No matter what the future development of the low turns out to be, expect VERY HEAVY RAIN OF 10-15 INCHES ALONG THE CENTRAL GULF COAST FROM THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE WESTWARD TO LOUISIANA over the next couple of days.

  • Here are the highest wind gusts recorded Monday:
  • Anna Maria 57 mph
  • Sarasota/Bradenton Airport 51 mph
  • St. Petersburg Albert Whitted Airport 40 mph
  • Tampa International Airport 40 mph

The tropical low to our west (to be named "Cindy"), will stay to our west.  It will continue to result in a lot of cloud cover for our local area, making for a gloomier sky than is normal.  But it won’t rain nonstop, rather there will be some waves of showers and storms passing through from time to time the next couple days.  That will help to keep our temperatures below average with highs in the mid to upper 80s.

There is another tropical low out in the Atlantic, but it’s all the way out near Venezuela and won’t have anything to do with our weather.  It will fall apart within a couple days headed into the Caribbean.

Our pattern will change late Wednesday into Thursday as drier air moves in from the east.  That will result in less cloud cover with more sunshine toward the end of the week and more typical scattered afternoon storms. That also means our high temperatures will be hotter though, getting back into the low 90s at that time.

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