Tropical Moisture Expected to Bring Higher Rain Chances to SWFL

Posted at 6:35 PM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-31 19:03:53-04

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season may be just a day away, but the Eastern Pacific is already off to a busy start - their hurricane season starts May 15th.

A new tropical depression - dubbed Tropical Depression 2 by the National Hurricane Center - is currently south of Mexico and is expected to bring heavy rainfall to the region as the system slowly tracks northeast with some strengthening possible in the Gulf of Mexico.

Meanwhile, Southwest Florida is easing into a summer-like pattern with hot and humid conditions and sea breeze thunderstorms in the afternoon. However, in the days ahead, we will be paying close attention to TD 2 as tropical moisture in the Gulf, associated with the system, is expected to move eastward across the state. The region is expected to see a greater coverage of clouds and rain chances beginning Friday.

While current models do not develop TD2 into a significant tropical cyclone, the remnants of the system  are expected to boost rainfall chances over the next several days, especially early next week. Stay tuned for updates.