BRADENTON — Thanks to the federal shutdown weather information is a little more difficult to come by.
NOAA.gov and most associated web sites are unavailable. No one is updating data because of furloughs.
Not to worry, specific National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration web sites necessary to protect lives and property are operational and will be maintained.
But all you have to do is walk outside to discover Manatee County is in a comfortable cool-off period with overnight lows dropping as much as 10 degrees from the high 70s and low 80s last week to roughly 70 this week.
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Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible before 8 p.m. Monday, then isolated showers between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., with a low around 73.
Tuesday’s gorgeous forecast will be repeated most of the rest of the week: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89 and a night-time low around 70.
Wednesday, again mostly sunny, with a high near 87 and a low around 71.
Thursday, mostly sunny, with a high near 88 and a low around 71.
Friday, mostly sunny, with a high near 89 and a low around 71.
Saturday, mostly sunny, with a high near 87 and a low around 72.
Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 87and a low around 72.
Weather.gov and the National Weather Service are still available for critical weather information.