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Forecast: More heat with only a few evening storms

June is typically the wettest month of the year for Southwest Florida, but it certainly hasn’t played out that way this week.  Rain chances will be very isolated again this afternoon, which means the summer heat will be front and center.  Highs will range from 92-95 this afternoon, but the heat index will be as high as 100 degrees during the peak heating of the day.  Any showers and storms that develop for the rest of today should be focused around the late evening hours before the area turns dry tonight.  Overall, rain chances stay limited through the end of the week, although...

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How Thursday’s ring of fire eclipse works and where you can watch it

Parts of Earth will be treated to a solar eclipse on Thursday morning. Unfortunately for us Floridians, we won’t be in line to see this one as we live too far south. But, areas of the Northeast US, Great Lakes and swaths of Canada will get to see a piece of the eclipse early on Thursday morning, and it should be a cool show!   Since we’ll be out of the prime viewing region for this solar spectacle, if you want to see it for yourself without taking a last-minute trip north you’ll need to watch it online. NASA has a special livestream of the event you can watch by...

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Forecast: Hot with limited rain chances Wednesday

We’ve got the summer heat, but our summertime storms will be fairly limited today with just a few isolated showers and storms developing by the mid to late afternoon. Temperatures will toasty again as daytime highs touch the mid-90s from 1 to 4 p.m. If you’re lucky enough to see one of those isolated showers, the rain-cooled air will drop temperatures quickly for some of us.  Rain chances today will run around 20-30% with coast locations in line to see the best opportunity for a shower or storm.  Don’t expect any big changes to the forecast Thursday and Friday....

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Tracking the Tropics: Monitoring Caribbean for possible development

The NBC2 First Alert Hurricane Tracking Team is monitoring the far southwestern Caribbean for possible tropical development this week. The National Hurricane Center currently gives this area a 30% chance of development in the next 5 days but a near 0% chance of development in the next 48 hours.  If anything ends up forming here, it’s going to take some time and not the type of system that would blow up overnight into a strong storm.  The area being monitored is part of a larger circulation that’s common over Central America this time of year that’s referred to as the Central...

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Forecast: Staying hot with a few storms

The warm trend continues as highs soar to the mid-90s today with overnight lows gradually falling into the 70s. Dew points will remain high with no relief in humidity in sight.  The best chance for hit or miss showers and storms comes this afternoon and evening though there will still be many areas that remain dry.  The National Hurricane Center has increased the chance of development for an area in the southwestern Caribbean to a 30% chance of organizing over the next 5 days. The NBC2 Weather Team will keep you updated on air and online.  The post Forecast: Staying hot with...

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Forecast: Isolated rain coverage tonight

Southwest Florida will see isolated rain coverage for the next several afternoons as a ridge of high pressure in the atmosphere along with some comparatively drier air aloft helps to lower the amount of rain we see.  Temperatures during this stretch of time will trend warmer with mid 90s on Tuesday and Wednesday.   Timing of any showers or thunderstorms that develop the next two days will likely be pinned to late in the afternoon or evening.  During the overnight hours this week temperatures will remain mid and muggy.  A nighttime low between 70 and 75 is expected for the majority...

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New area to watch this week in the tropics

Late Sunday evening the National Hurricane Center issued its daily tropical weather outlook highlighting an area near Central America for possible development later in the week. Right now it is too early to tell what, if anything, will form, but this is a fairly typical area for development this time of year. The National Hurricane Center is expecting an area of low pressure to develop in that highlighted area and track northwestward towards Central America and Mexico late this week.  Sea surface temperatures in the Caribbean are running at or just above normal and could support tropical development,...

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Forecast: Hot & dry start to the week

A brief break from the typical rainy season pattern is ahead for the start of the week. A strong bubble of high pressure is expected to move over the peninsula from the Bahamas Monday, keeping rain chances near zero for much of the area.  If anything were to develop, it would likely be a light shower, not a storm.  Vertical development will be limited in this regime due to dry air aloft and strong sinking motions in the atmosphere.  Additionally, temperatures will soar into the mid 90s, marking the hottest day of the year for some spots. By midweek, this high will shift towards the...

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Forecast: Rain starts early Friday

Don’t get caught off guard this morning! The rain machine will get turned on a bit earlier today with scattered showers possible during the morning hours across Lee, Collier, and Charlotte County.  The morning won’t be a washout, but some passing showers and storms will be possible before the lunch hour, and we’ll see more scattered rain through the afternoon.  The highest rain chances during the afternoon will be a little deeper inland, particularly east of I-75.  A few areas of rain will linger into the evening, but most areas will be dry after 8 p.m.  With the...

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Forecast: Morning sun & afternoon storms Thursday

If you need to get anything done outdoors today, make sure to take advantage of the sunny, quiet weather this morning.  Expect more rain and rumbles across the area today, and the rain will get going a little earlier than Wednesday.  Isolated showers will start to form around the lunch hour, and the rain coverage will expand throughout the afternoon.  The favored spots for rain today will be Collier, Lee and Charlotte County with more isolated storms across the interior.  The morning sun will warm us up into the upper 80s and lower 90s before the rain begins, and the air will feel...

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