Sunny skies for weekend, but red tide lingers near Marco Island, in Lee

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- Members of the Junior Levandia dance troupe perform at the annual St. Katherine Greek Fest at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Naples. The annual celebration of Greek culture continues through Sunday.

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David Albers/Staff - Members of the Junior Levandia dance troupe perform at the annual St. Katherine Greek Fest at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Naples. The annual celebration of Greek culture continues through Sunday.

— Sunny skies with afternoon temperatures in the mid-80s are expected this weekend, but if you have respiratory problems you might want to steer clear of beaches near Marco Island.

According to meteorologists at news partner NBC-2, sunshine will be prevalent all weekend with highs in the mid-80s before the weather changes early next week.

Winds will be southerly and brisk today, with gusts reaching 20 mph. Seas and open waters will experience a moderate chop, forecasters said.

Warm, humid and dry weather will continue through Monday, then it changes Tuesday as a cold front arrives in Southwest Florida, bringing scattered showers and cloudy skies through Tuesday.

A period of cooler weather is expected for the first week of March, NBC-2 forecasters said.

Meanwhile, water samples at Marco Island are continuing to show the presence of red tide at a level that could cause respiratory irritation.

The so-called “medium” presence of red tide was reported at South Marco Beach in samples taken Thursday, the Collier County Natural Resources Department said in a news release Friday.

County staff members advised people with respiratory illnesses such as asthma or emphysema to avoid going to the beach, particularly when the winds are onshore as expected at times during the weekend.

Locations with a low level of red tide in samples taken Thursday were Barefoot Beach, Vanderbilt Beach, Seagate and Naples Pier, the county government release said.

The National Weather Service also has issued a beach alert for Lee County this weekend due to the presence of red tide.


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OldMarcoMan writes:

After season fewer people will be here overtaxing the sewer plants and Red Tide will go by-by

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