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More rainy weather on tap (with photo gallery)

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.

“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.

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