Hurricane Sam forecast to reach Category 4, drier local weather pattern to start this weekend

Reporter: Nash Rhodes
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Highs will just barely reach the low 90s in many places across Southwest Florida Friday.

Once we get into the late afternoon and evening, expect scattered showers to form within our coastal counties before moving inland.

A cold front will drop our humidity by the start of next week.

Isolated rain chances will begin as early as Sunday before dropping to zero by Monday. We now also have Hurricane Sam in the Atlantic.

Sam is forecast to become a powerful Category 4 hurricane this weekend.

Our latest model guidance suggests that this will likely curve back out to sea before reaching the United States. However, this will be something we will be keeping a close eye on for any additional changes in the forecast.

There are also three disturbances we are keeping tabs on in the Atlantic.

The only disturbance that has any chance of potentially affecting Southwest Florida is still over 3,000 miles away and has yet to emerge from Africa’s coastline.

This region of disturbed weather has a medium (40%) chance of forming in the next five days.

The next name on our 2021 storm naming list is Teresa.

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