Weather alert: Checking out the fireworks in Bradenton? Don't forget your umbrella

July 4, 2013 

MANATEE -- Going out to see the fireworks Thursday night along the Manatee River or on Anna Maria Island? Be sure to take your umbrella.

The National Weather Service is calling for scattered showers and thunderstorms before midnight. The chance of rain is 50 percent.

Otherwise, skies will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 76 and east-southeasterly winds of 8 to 15 mph. Gusts could hit 22 mph, according to the Weather Service.

New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected, except higher amounts are possible in thunderstorms.

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