Near-record heat Thursday, a few evening showers

Reporter: Nash Rhodes
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High temperatures will reach the upper 80s and low 90s under partly cloudy skies. Ample humidity will still have the majority of Southwest Florida experiencing afternoon heat index values in the 90s. Boaters will find pleasant conditions on the water. One- to 2-foot Gulf wave heights and a light chop are expected within our bays.

A few showers and storms are in Thursday’s forecast. After a dry start, spotty showers will form in the late afternoon. These will grow in coverage into the evening with a few thunderstorms in the mix. Stray showers will linger into Thursday night before dissipating by the early morning.

There are two named storms and two disturbances active in the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Martin will become a post-tropical cyclone by tonight. It will bring no impacts to the U.S. Tropical Storm Lisa made landfall in Belize as a Category 1 hurricane last night. Lisa will meet its demise in the Bay of Campeche this weekend.

Meanwhile, there are two areas of disturbed weather with low chances of formation within the next five days. The disturbance to the north is of little concern to us and is unlikely to impact the U.S.

The identified area to the south has a low (30%) chance of formation within the next five days. Conditions could support the development of a sloppy tropical or subtropical cyclone near the Bahamas. Regardless of formation, this will likely bring increased rain and storm chances to Southwest Florida next week.

The next name on our 2022 Storm Naming List would be Nicole.

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