Record heat Wednesday with isolated showers and storms

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Record heat is in Wednesday’s forecast as high temperatures reach the upper 80s and low 90s again. “Feels like” temperatures will reach the triple digits in a few locations due to ample humidity across the region. Boaters will have another round of pleasant conditions on the water. A light chop in our bays and 1- to 2-foot Gulf wave heights are in the forecast.

Isolated showers and storms will affect many communities in Southwest Florida. After a foggy and mostly dry start, a few isolated showers will form in the late afternoon. Their coverage and strength will increase into the evening. Severe weather is not expected. Gusty winds and isolated flooding will be the primary hazards within our strongest storms.

There are currently two named storms and one active disturbance in the Atlantic. Lisa has strengthened into a hurricane, and Martin is a tropical storm expected to strengthen into a hurricane. Thankfully, neither of these will bring any impacts to Florida and the U.S.

Lisa will be making landfall in Central America within the next day. Martin will continue its track into the middle of the North Atlantic, likely remaining a “fish storm” for its lifetime.

A region with a low (20%) chance of formation by Monday has been highlighted in portions of the Caribbean and Bahamas. Weather models continue to show ideal conditions for tropical or subtropical development within this region next week. Regardless, this is just something to monitor and poses no immediate threat to Southwest Florida. We will likely encounter increased rain chances from the system with or without formation.

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