Friday Forecast

Good Friday morning everyone! &TGIF!

Here's the cut and paste summery forecast with one slight difference today and tomorrow...and be sure to check out the Bottom Line for a tip on what to watch for overnight this weekend!

It's a quiet morning on VIPIR 7 Doppler radar with the exception of a few small showers near the coast. There was some thick fog across the Wiregrass and in far NWFL, but it dispersed quickly an hour after sunrise.

Temperatures will warm quickly under otherwise mostly to partly sunny skies. Humidity is running high as well today, and feels like temperatures will top out in the upper 90s for some.

We'll fall under a very summery pattern over the next several days as the Bermuda high sits out in the Western Atlantic keeping us under a southerly wind regime. Each morning that warm and moist southerly flow over the relatively warm Gulf waters will cause a few scattered showers to try a pop up along the coast. And then daytime heating, highs near 90, as well as the afternoon sea breeze will set off a few more storms in the midday starting near the coast and moving inland. Mid to upper level steering winds will be from the northwest to north this afternoon, and tomorrow afternoon. So that could pin a few storms in the early afternoon hours close to the coast before they migrate further inland as the sea breeze pushes them north. Some upper level cloud cover will then fall back down on to the coast and likely keep us under mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon.

This will be the case for Saturday as well, but Sunday may feature a bit more of a chance for rain inland rather than the coast which should end up with more sunshine.

Tropical Update...
There's a weak disturbance off the Eastern Florida coast that won't develop but may enhance tropical showers over the next couple days.

99-L in the Atlantic still has a chance to develop as we head into the weekend when the system passes into the Western Atlantic north of Puerto Rico. However, steering winds will likely result in this storm recurving before becoming an issue for the Florida Panhandle.

Bottom Line...
For today, mostly to partly sunny start with a few scattered showers or rumbles of thunder developing into the afternoon. Highs today will be near 90, with a heat index in the upper 90s.

Any rain will move out north and fizzle out into the evening for partly to mostly cloudy skies tonight. After midnight and through dawn Saturday and Sunday morning, take a peek to the northeastern sky and you may catch a Perseid Meteor which is peaking this weekend in our predawn skies. A waning gibbous moon will be up overnight, however, so that will produce some light pollution blocking out some of the view.

Your VIPIR 7 Day Forecast will keep us locked into a summery pattern all week long of heat, humidity, mostly to partly sunny skies, and a scattered shower or thunderstorm.