MANATEE -- Monday in Bradenton will be warm and breezy in advance of a line of showers and thunderstorms expected to hit the region starting in the evening.
The National Weather Service is calling for partly sunny skies, with a high near 83 and southerly winds of 15 to 23 mph. Gusts could hit as high 29 mph, according to the forecast.
Monday evening could bring scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2 a.m. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
On Tuesday, the chance of rain increases to 80 percent; and the temperature will drop to about 68 by 4 p.m. Gusty conditions will continue, according to the forecast.
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Tuesday evening, the chance of rain drops to 30 percent, and Wednesday, sunny skies will return, accompanied by high temperatures in the 70s.
A lake wind advisory is in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. Also, the Weather Service advises there could be rip currents developing off of area beaches. A "rip current statement" is in effect from 11 a.m. Monday through Wednesday evening.