Tropical Storm Andrea, spinning in the Gulf of Mexico on the morning of June 6th 2013.

Increasing clouds, tropical rains late week

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Tropical Storm Andrea formed last night in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and has strengthened into a system with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour. Andrea is forecast to head northward, making landfall on the Florida Gulf Coast later today. More importantly for our area, she will then scoot north and east to a point off the Mid-Atlantic Coast late Friday Night into early Saturday morning. As she is absorbed into a mid level trough which will be scooting across the Ohio Valley, the surface low pressure associated with Andrea will likely feature the potential for heavy tropical rains on the west side of it.

After a good start to Thursday, we are expecting the potential for rain to increase — with mid and high clouds building into the area. Friday and Saturday could both feature periods of heavy tropical rains, with plenty of moisture and humidity and the potential for some thunderstorms as well.

Thursday: Partly cloudy early, becoming mostly cloudy late. Highs in the lower 70’s. Southeast wind around 10 miles per hour. E njoy the sun while you can!

Thursday Night: Cloudy with rain likely, becoming heavy at times late. Lows near 60. East wind around 10 to 15 miles per hour. Bring a rain coat, but you won’t be too chilly — the humidity will increase.

Friday: Heavy rain likely, with a high near 71. East winds around 10 miles per hour. A washout of a day for sure . Bring an umbrella and a rain coat — it will be a soaker.

Looking ahead..

Saturday: Remaining mostly cloudy, with periods of rain (heavy at times) and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs in the upper 70’s — feeling warmer and more humid.

Sunday: Finally clearing. Mostly cloudy skies early will give way to some sun late. Highs in the upper 70’s to near 80.

Monday: A chance of showers and storms may return as a cold front approaches from the west. Remaining warm on Monday at least, with highs in the upper 70’s to lower 80’s. The unsettled weather could continue into mid-week.

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