Weather alert: 'Moderate' risk of rip currents on Manatee beaches Wednesday

July 24, 2013 

MANATEE -- Wednesday will bring more heat and humidity to Bradenton, and perhaps dangerous conditions on local beaches, according to the National Weather Service.

The Weather Service has issued a "moderate rip current risk" advisory for beaches in Manatee, Sarasota and Hillsborough counties, from noon to late Wednesday. Developing moderate westerly flow over the northeast Gulf of Mexico will generate choppy breakng waves along portions of the Florida west coast, according to the Weather Service.

Otherwise, forecasters are calling for partly sunny skies, with a high near 89 -- and heat index values as high as 97. Winds will be from the west at 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

The chance of rain is 30 percent, with the best chance for showers and thunderstorms occurring between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., according to the Weather Service.

Wednesday night, skies will be partly cloudy with a low around 78. The chance of rain is 10 percent.

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