Forecast: Tracking isolated rain and some Saharan dust
Southwest Florida's forecast this evening looks a little quieter than normal when it comes to rain for the middle of the month of July.
Southwest Florida's forecast this evening looks a little quieter than normal when it comes to rain for the middle of the month of July. This means rain and storm coverage tonight looks fairly isolated as temperatures remain above average for this time of year.
Any rain that's able to develop tonight should rapidly fade away after sunset as nighttime lows drop into the middle 70s.
One of the reasons rain coverage is a little low tonight is because of the Saharan Air Layer. This is when areas of relatively dry and dusty air originating off of the Sahara Desert of Africa are pushed across the ocean. When wedges of this air have high enough concentrations of dust, it can help to subdue the amount of rain the region sees. It can also make sunsets especially vibrant so be sure to try and check that out if you can find a dry spot on the beach this evening.
Tomorrow, dry and sunny weather is expected in the morning before a few isolated storms develop in the afternoon. Temperatures will be hot, once again hitting 93 degrees or better in the afternoon hours.
Generally seasonable weather is likely on Thursday and Friday. This means both days will come with the scattered thunderstorm chance very common for this point in the year while daytime highs consistently top out in the 90s.