THE WEEK AHEAD: Hot, mainly dry

Posted at 8:05 PM, May 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-22 20:10:41-04

If you're not a fan of rainy season, then you may like the forecast for the upcoming work week. It will be marked by the summer-like heat, WITHOUT the summer-like rains.

An upper level complex over the Gulf of Mexico will track across the region bringing increasing cloudiness for the overnight hours across Southwest Florida. While a stray shower can't be ruled out with this along the coast, most areas will stay dry. Overnight temperatures will remain mild with lows falling into the lower 70s.

For Monday, we will hold on to a few lingering clouds. This will keep temperatures a few degrees below seasonal norms, in the mid to upper 80s along the coastal corridor in places like Fort Myers, Port Charlotte, Bonita Springs and Naples. However, further inland, communities like Labelle, Immokalee, Clewiston and Lehigh Acres could see temperatures just touch 90 degrees. Again, rain looks to stay largely out of the forecast throughout the day. Winds will be breezy out of the northwest at 5-15 mph.

The majority of the work week will be dominated by high pressure keeping rain chances at a minimum. The exception may be Tuesday where models are hinting we could see a few showers near the coast but coverage looks no more than 20%. Humidity levels will come down slightly too, making the outdoor heat more manageable. High temperatures for the rest of the week will peak near 90 degrees, with morning readings in the upper 60s and lower 70s expected.

By next weekend, we will be watching for a change from our mostly sunny and dry pattern. Rain will return to the forecast Friday into the weekend as more moisture works in to the region. At this time, rain chances look to be low, generally 30 to 40% for the holiday weekend.