Weather alert: High winds raises fire, boating risks in Manatee, the region

MANATEE -- Monday will remain windy in Bradenton, thanks to Hurricane Sandy.

Mostly sunny skies and a high near 68 will be accompanied by north-northwesterly winds of 14 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph, according to the National Weather Service Monday night, there will be occasional sprinkles after midnight. Skies will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 55 and north-northwesterly winds of 11 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Manatee County and the region remain under several warnings and advisories because of the windy conditions:

-- A red flag warning from noon to 8 p.m. and a fire weather watch all day Tuesday. The winds and lower humidity could quickly spread any wildfires that occur.

-- A high surf advisory until 6 a.m. Wednesday. The advisory covers all of southwest Florida, from Pinellas County to Lee County, and warns against crashing surf and rip currents.

-- A lake wind advisory until 7 p.m. Monday means boating conditions could be "rough."

High winds are forecast for Bradenton through at least Thursday, according to the Weather Service.