Weather alert: Cooler temperatures expected Wednesday in Bradenton

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on April 9, 2014 

From Bay News 9 and the National Weather Service

The rain that arrived ahead of a cold front has moved away, leaving behind cooler temperatures.

"Wednesday will be unseasonably cool, with highs only in the upper 60s to near 70," said Bay News 9 Chief Meteorologist Mike Clay. "Sunshine will return throughout the day. Winds will decrease Wednesday night, setting the stage for a chilly start Thursday morning."

Lows will drop into the mid 40s in the northern counties and 50s around Tampa Bay on Thursday morning.

A High Surf Advisory is posted along the beaches from Pinellas southward . Strong onshore winds will cause dangerous surf. There is a risk of rip currents. Surf and waves of 5-7 feet are expected. Beachgoers are urged to heed warnings from lifeguards.

Specifically for Bradenton, the National Weather Service is calling for mostly sunny skies and a high of 72, with northwesterly winds of 17 to 24 mph and gusts as high as 33 mph. There is a 40 percent chance of scattered showers before 10 a.m.

Wednesday night, the expected low is 57, with mostly clear skies.

Of course, the cooler weather won't last. Temperatures will moderate Thursday and Friday with the strong April sun, and the weekend is expected to be warm and sunny.

"Highs should be back to near 80 and continue around 80 for the weekend," Clay said. "Dry weather is expected to continue through the weekend, with the next chance of rain on Tuesday of next week."

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