Showers, thunderstorms likely in Bradenton on Saturday night

Posted by JASON BARTOLONE on May 31, 2014 

— Showers and thunderstorms are likely for the Bradenton area Saturday afternoon, which could make for a soggy graduation ceremony at Manatee High School.

"Showers and thunderstorms will continue moving through the area, and we'll see them taper off later this evening," said Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik. "Showers and thunderstorms will start picking up and moving toward the Gulf as we head into the later part of the evening and the rain ends."

The National Weather Service's forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of precipitation, with showers and thunderstorms likely Saturday night, mainly before 8 p.m.

Manatee High is scheduled to host its 2014 graduation ceremony starting at 8 p.m. at Hawkins Stadium.

Some of Saturday's storms could also be strong due high pressure over the Atlantic Ocean that has kept an east wind in place and a low-pressure system over Louisiana that has been spinning moisture into mid and upper levels of the atmosphere, Bay News 9 reports.

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