Memorial Day: There will be storms to dodge

Posted at 8:12 PM, May 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-29 20:12:25-04

Like it or not, it appears as if rainy season is in full swing across Southwest Florida. The upcoming work week forecast will be evidence of that summer-like pattern of morning sun and routine afternoon, sea breeze-generated storms.

For Memorial Day, Folks with outdoor plans should note that scattered storms will be in play by the afternoon hours. While it won't rain everywhere, it looks like the highest coverage of rain will be just east of I-75, including communities like Labelle, Alva, Lehigh Acres and Immokalee. However, it's possible that these storms will drift back towards the coast late in the day, meaning people who live in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Naples may have to dodge some rain as well. With any of these storms, lightning will be the main threat along with locally heavy rain. Still, sunshine will be in abundance throughout the day aiding temperatures to reach the low 90s for highs. Winds will hail from the west at 5 to 10 mph.

The rainy season regime will continue for the rest of the work week with the sea breeze remaining the main weather maker each day. Thus we should see scattered afternoon showers and storms developing with coverage about 30% to 40% daily. Daytime highs will be seasonal, ranging in the lower 90s with feels like in the mid 90s due to higher humidity levels. Morning lows will be in the low 70s through the weekend.