Warming up Friday, rain ahead for weekend

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Photo via Kris Fehlandt
Photo via Kris Fehlandt

FORT MYERS, Fla. Jackets will give way to umbrellas as the accessory of choice this weekend.

Temperatures will warm to a high of 81 on Friday after a cool start to the morning, WINK meteorologist Matt Devitt said. Skies will be partly cloudy, but clouds will increase overnight.

Scattered rain and storms are expected Saturday, beginning in the morning but multiplying in the p.m. hours. At least 1 inch of rain should fall across most of Southwest Florida, Devitt said.

The moisture will come from an area of disturbance in the western Caribbean sea that has a 50-50 shot of developing into a low-end tropical system — either a tropical depression or a tropical storm — as it moves northward, Devitt said.

Rain will taper off into Sunday, and it’ll be dry by Sunday afternoon as another cold front sweeps through, according to Devitt. Highs will be in the mid-to-upper 70s Saturday and Sunday, but the front will drop Sunday night’s low to 53.

“This front could actually be a little bit stronger than the one we just had,” Devitt said.

Devitt’s Halloween forecast is favorable, with partly cloudy skies and a high of 79 and a low of 61 on Tuesday.

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