Tornado Watch in effect for all Parts of Southwest Florida
Today, a strong low-pressure system with a cold front is passing through the Florida Peninsula. Rain and thunderstorms will continue to move in from the west, especially throughout the morning hours, when severe weather is a possibility. For all of Southwest Florida, a Level 2 out of 5 risks of severe storms has been issued.
The major concern will be severe winds, but there is also a Tornado Watch in effect due to the possibility of rotation within these storm systems. This will go on till Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.
Tuesday will be a windy day of weather, in addition to the rain and storms. Winds will gust to 30 to 40 miles per hour. Glades, Hendry, and Collier counties have all been issued wind advisories.
⚠️ATTENTION SOUTH FL⚠️ Multiple weather hazards are forecast for today, including damaging wind gusts, hail, tornadoes/waterspouts, heavy rainfall/localized flooding, & a plethora of marine hazards. A Tornado Watch is in effect through 10AM for SW areas. STAY WEATHER AWARE TODAY. pic.twitter.com/E4mw5RumNp— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) December 21, 2021
Around 4 p.m. in the afternoon, the severe threat will be lifted. Cooler, drier air will begin to flow in rapidly after that. Wednesday will be mostly dry, with highs in the low 70s. Under a clear sky, lows will drop into the 40s and low 50s on Wednesday night.
Beautiful weather will prevail for the rest of the week and into the weekend, including on Christmas Day, with plenty of sunshine and highs in the upper 70s to low 80s!
It will be determined by how successfully the storms hold together as they sweep across Florida from west to east. Storms will be most likely in the late morning to mid-afternoon. Rain is expected to fall 60 percent of the time.
Today will be windy as well, with gusts of up to 30 mph expected by late afternoon in the southwest. With a partly cloudy sky, highs will climb near 80 degrees.