Saharan dust plume limits activity in the tropics

Reporter: Nash Rhodes
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Happy Monday, Southwest Florida. Today’s forecast is exactly what you’d expect to encounter during our rainy season.

Highs will make it to the mid-90s in the northern portions of our viewing area. As you move south and towards the coastline, those highs drop to the low 90s and upper 80s.

Our humidity will still make this afternoon’s temperatures feel like they are in the triple-digits. If you are planning on spending long periods of time outside, it will be smart to stay hydrated and take frequent breaks in the shade.

Partly cloudy skies will become mostly cloudy in the afternoon, with isolated storms forming as early as 11 a.m. Those thunderstorms will become more scattered into dinner time.

Rain chances will remain scattered throughout the week. Our weather models are hinting at fewer showers and storms to end the week.

Boaters will be delighted with today’s forecast. Expect light chop and only 1- to 2-foot wave heights on the water.

The tropics are being kept in check by a large plume of Saharan Dust at the moment. This dust limits the amount of moisture available to any developing tropical system.

As a result, we are not forecasting any additional developments within the next five days.

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