Consider packing an umbrella and checking your weather app if you plan on being out and about over Memorial Day weekend.
“We currently have a drop of low pressure across the state that’s going to allow for really high rain chances Thursday and Friday,” National Weather Service Tampa Bay Meteorologist Jennifer Hubbard told the Bradenton Herald on Thursday.
Rain and thunderstorms are again expected in Bradenton late Thursday afternoon and night as the low-pressure system hangs around. Additional rain is expected into early Friday morning.
“We got an 80% chance of rain, and thunderstorms are going to be strong, but we’re not really expecting severe storms,” Hubbard said.
There could be some small hail and some gusty winds of 40-50 mph overnight Thursday, and weather conditions are expected to be the same Friday.
Conditions could improve slightly by Saturday, but rain is still expected.
“It’s going to be drying out, but there’s still a 20-30% chance of rain on Saturday,” Hubbard said.
The weather should, however, get better right before Memorial Day, with sunny and clear skies expected by Sunday and on the holiday.
“Sunday and Monday it should be pretty dry and temperatures will generally be high in the mid-80s and lows in the mid-60s,” Hubbard said.
Bradenton weather forecast
Thursday night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11 p.m., then scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. Low around 70. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.
Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2 p.m. High near 85. North northeast wind 7-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Friday night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 8 p.m., then scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. Low around 68. Northeast wind 11-14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Saturday: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Sunny, with a high near 84. North-northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 66. North northwest wind around 10 mph becoming northeast after midnight.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 86. East-northeast wind 9 to 11 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.
Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 69. North northeast wind 7 to 10 mph.
Memorial Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. North northeast wind 7 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 72.