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Afternoon thunderstorms likely in Collier

An easterly wind flow is helping to keep Southwest Florida free from the morning coastal showers. Once the afternoon sea breeze develops, we can expect to see showers and thunderstorms developing along the southern zones and  I-75 corridor later this afternoon.  With a return to our more typical pattern, we may see some of these thunderstorms move back into the coastal communities late this afternoon and into the evening.  It is our more typical pattern, but with some drier air overhead, rain chances are still on the low end of normal today as temperatures once again soar into the mid to upper 90's.
As the drier air begins to erode, we will have a slightly better chance at more rain tomorrow.  That means with more storms, temperatures will be rain cooled in the afternoon after a few good downpours.  But again, rain chances stay lower than normal for this time of year right through the weekend and into early next week.  
Today's Boating Forecast - 
Winds: East becoming Northwest 5-10 Knots
Seas & Rivers: 1-2 Feet
Bay & Inland Waters: Light Chop
Water Temperature: 90*
High Tide: ----
Low Tide: 5:15 PM
Sunset: 8:00 PM
Tracking the Tropics - 
Invest #96L is expected to continue to become better organized over the next two days.  It is still located several hundred miles to the east of the Lesser Antilles.  Satellite images show a fair amount of thunderstorm activity that appears to be increasing in coverage as well as intensity.
Latest model runs indicate it will pass through the Lesser Antilles Islands late Thursday and into Friday.  After that, the track looks to turn west/northwest through the Caribbean, a few hundred miles south of Puerto Rico.  At this time, the Hurricane Center is still giving the disturbance 2-day development and 5-day development odds of 50% and 60%, respectively. Looks like it may become a tropical depression south of Puerto Rico on Friday.  The Hurricane Hunters plan to investigate this disturbance tomorrow afternoon.
The disturbance to the east of Invest #96L is still being given only a 10% chance of further development over the next several days.
Storm Patrol Meteorologist Michelle Cunningham

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