As the first tropical depression of the season performs meekly and is expected to fall apart by Thursday, Bradenton residents can expect a hot, steamy week with a parade of thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.
Forecasters say a tropical depression formed Monday over the Atlantic Ocean although it remains far out to sea and is not expected to threaten land.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reports the depression formed about 1,200 miles east of the Lesser Antilles moving west at 16 mph. Maximum sustained winds were only 35 mph.
Little change in strength is expected over the next two days, and the depression is likely to weaken and lose tropical characteristics by Thursday. After a break from the rainy season, this week will feature a steady drumbeat of precipitation in Manatee County, according to forecasters. Manatee County on Tuesday will feature scattered showers and thunderstorms with a high near 91. Rainfall will amount to less than a 10th of an inch, except in thunderstorms.
Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez projects partly sunny conditions all week with scattered showers and thunderstorms. “The storms will be back,” Marquez said. “And some may be heavy at times. We have moisture coming in during the next few days and that will increase our rain chances.”
Wednesday’s forecast mirrors Tuesday with more intense heat. A high near 91 with heat index values as high as 100 is forecast. Thursday’s showers and thunderstorms will fall mainly after 9 a.m. Temps cool only slightly during a partly sunny day with a high near 89. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent — the highest of the week — with up to three-quarters of an inch possible.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday are all expected to feature scattered showers and thunderstorms during mostly sunny days with highs near 90.