Partly to mostly cloudy skies will continue overnight, with light northeast breezes. Temps will dip down into the low 70's for coastal and southern zones, with mid 60's found in the northern and interior zones. We will stay mainly dry, with a slight chance of showers for Highlands, Desoto, Hardee, and Sarasota counties.
Our next cool front will approach the region late on Monday, bringing a very slight chance of spotty showers. Otherwise, expect partly sunny skies, with northwest winds 5 - 9 miles per hour, and daytime highs in the upper 80's.
Overnight Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. Northeast wind 5 to 8 mph.
Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. North northwest wind 5 to 9 mph.
Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. North wind 7 to 9 mph.
Wednesday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. East wind 3 to 6 mph.
Thursday A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest around 6 mph in the morning.
Friday A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.
Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.
Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.
The center of tropical storm Rafael is located about 225 miles NNE of Puerto Rico. Rafael is moving toward the NNW near 10 mph and this general motion is forecast to continue through tonight. A turn toward the north is expected on Monday. On the forecast track the center of Rafael will remain well east of the Bahamas through Monday night and could approach Bermuda late Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 65 miles per hour with higher wind gusts. Rafael could become a hurricane by Monday night. The minimum pressure is 991 milibars. Rafael is expected to produce 4 - 8 inches of rain with localized amounts up to 12 inches across the Leeward Islands.