SW Florida weather: Drier weekend pattern starts now

SW Florida weather: Drier weekend pattern starts now


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After what's been a fairly soggy week across Southwest Florida, most of the region will get a break from the afternoon showers and storms starting today. The drier stretch of weather will be brief, because next week is shaping up to be rather wet and stormy.

Friday begins with temperatures in the low to mid 70s, but they will rise sharply with the morning sunshine. By midday, temperatures should be closing in on 90 degrees, which is where most will top out this afternoon.

Rain coverage will be noticeably lower Friday as a batch of drier, stable air settles in from the North. There will still be enough energy and moisture to support a couple of afternoon storms, but the overall coverage should only be around 20 to 30 percent of the region. The storms that do form will likely target urban and coastal areas, so still plan on the possibility of a passing downpour; they just won't be nearly as numerous.

The drier weather pattern carries over into the first half of a beach-and-boating weekend. In fact, Saturday should end up being a mostly dry day with rain chances very low — 10 percent or less.

CLICK HERE for the weekend’s complete weather forecast from NBC-2

CLICK HERE for interactive weather radar and the week's local forecast

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