Thursday ends with storms after a mostly sunny start

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High temperatures will climb into the mid-90s under increasing cloud cover. Dew points remain in the 70s, creating a muggy feel across the WINK News viewing area. Expect heat index values to briefly reach triple digits for many of our inland communities.

Most of Southwest Florida will experience rain on Thursday. A few isolated showers and storms will form just after lunchtime.

In the late afternoon and evening, stronger thunderstorms will develop across the region. The majority of these will remain below severe criteria. Regardless, gusty winds and lightning will be their primary hazards. Each storm should wind down in strength after sunset.

Boaters will experience pleasant conditions on the water ahead of these rain chances. Light chop is forecasted within our bays and 1- to 2-foot wave heights are expected in the Gulf. Our warm and stormy weather pattern will persist through the weekend and into next week.

The tropics are still not showing any signs of life. The Weather Authority doesn’t predict any named storms to form in the Mid-Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean over the next five days.

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