MANATEE — Keep that umbrella handy today as rain is expected to continue through mid-week.
That’s because the forecast today calls for a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms in Manatee County.
Like they’ve been during the past few days, early morning temperatures today will remain in the mid-70s, said Bay News 9 Meteorologist Diane Kacmarik. Today’s high should reach 90 degrees.
“This is a very unusual tropical pattern,” Kacmarik said.
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“Plenty of tropical moisture on top of us and nothing to kick it out. As soon as we get to 85 degrees down comes the rain.”
But there a dry ending in sight, she said.
Wednesday will likely clear up and calls for only a 30 percent chance of rain. Wednesday’s forecast calls for a high of 94 and a low of 75.
Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center is keeping an eye on a low pressure system in the northwest Caribbean Sea and southwest Gulf of Mexico.
As of Monday evening, officials were saying there was a “medium” chance the system, which was causing heavy rains and gusty winds over the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico and western Cuba, would develop into a tropical storm or hurricane over the next 48 hours.
Computer models had the system heading toward the Texas coast.