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Tropical moisture keeping it cloudy

Today will include quite a bit of cloud cover overhead as a surge of tropical moisture returns to our atmosphere. There will be showers and thunderstorms over the Gulf today and some of that rain is going to try to come ashore in SWFL. Through the morning hours it is looking like that rain will have a hard time making past the Coastal Corridor, but as our winds shift to the west this afternoon, that rain will have an easier time reaching our Inland communities. The best chance of rain will be found over Collier and Hendry county through the mid and late afternoon. Beneath our mostly cloudy skies, the mercury will climb to the middle 80s in most neighborhoods while our dew points hover in the upper 60s and lower 70s.

Our skies are expected to remain partly to mostly cloudy for Wednesday with the possibility of some spotty showers coming ashore.

A cold front sliding by the peninsula on Thursday will be rather weak, but it will help dry out our weather for the day by pushing the tropical moisture to our south. That will help set up heavy rainfall over the Straits on Friday, which may have some affect on the southern portion of SWFL.

Taking a look at the weekend, our weather pattern will finally dry out and the sunshine will make a return. There will be quite a bit of sunshine along with a breeze each of the two days.

Tuesday's Boating Forecast-

Winds: E-N 5-10 kts
Seas & Rivers: 1-2 ft
Inland Waters: light chop
Water Temperature: 83*

High Tide: 12:45 PM
Low Tide: 6:00 A/P

Sunrise: 7:30 AM
Sunset: 6:54 PM

Allergy Forecast: 5.4 (medium)
UV Forecast: 7.0 (medium)

Tracking the Tropics-

One area of interest remains in the southwestern Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico. The showers & thunderstorms associated with this area of low pressure have been limited to this region, but the cloud cover and tropical moisture are streaming over SWFL. There is now a greater chance that this system will become a tropical cyclone over the next several days as it starts to
drift to the east-northeast towards the southern Gulf or the northern Caribbean. The forecast models are indicating that the heaviest rainfall associated with this tropical moisture and low
pressure will fall over the Florida Straits having some impact on SWFL.

FOX 4 Meteorologist Jamie Kagol

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