Soggy, hot week to ease off later on

HERALD STAFF REPORTSeptember 16, 2013 

MANATEE -- With Hurricane Ingrid pouring down on Mexico all the way across the Gulf it's hard to work up much concern for a hot, wet start to the workweek on this side of the divide.

But blistering heat indexes sending values soaring above 100 do give cause for pause, according to the National Weather Service.

Monday is going to be hot in the Manatee County area with scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3 p.m. It will be mostly sunny with a high near 93 and heat index values as high as 104.

The first two days of the week precipitation chances are 50-50 with the odds reduced to 30 percent or less the rest of the seven-day forecast.

New rainfall amounts will be scant with less than a tenth of an inch, except in potentially heavy thunderstorms.

Monday night will stay swampy with scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9 p.m. The rest of the evening will be partly cloudy with a low around 74.

Tuesday is more of the same with scattered showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m. Otherwise, it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 92 and heat index values pushing as high as 103. Tuesday night expect scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 3 a.m., with a low around 74.

Wednesday will carry a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 90.

New rainfall amounts are projected between a quarter and a half inch possible. Wednesday night will carry a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with a low around 73.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami projects tropical storms Ingrid and Manuel will cause heavy rains and life-threatening floods in eastern and southern Mexico. Ingrid was on its way to becoming a Category 1 hurricane Sunday.

"This will remain a significant hazard over the next couple of days," the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said in a statement. "The moist flow resulting from the combination of Manuel and tropical storm Ingrid in the bay of Campeche will produce torrential rains and life-threatening flooding over eastern Mexico."

The Mexican government issued a hurricane watch for Ingrid's path on the Gulf Coast and the U.S. hurricane center. It is expected to become a hurricane before approaching the coast Monday.

Tropical Storm Manuel created torrential rains of as much as 15 inches over the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Guerrero, the hurricane center said. Ingrid may produce as much as 15 inches of rain over eastern Mexico, with isolated areas in the mountains receiving as much as 25 inches, the center said.

Ingrid, the ninth tropical storm of the Atlantic season that runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, is drifting west across the Bay of Campeche where the two largest oil fields of Petroleos Mexicanos, Mexico's state-owned oil company known as Pemex, produce about 1.25 million barrels a day.

Pemex suspended air and sea operations at its rigs in the bay, according to a company statement.

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