- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—MANATEE — You might as well get used to the rain: It’s going to be a constant through Friday.

According to the National Weather Service, there’s a 60 percent chance of rain Tuesday through Friday.

“We’re not changing the weather pattern much for the rest of the week,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Daniel Noah early Monday evening. “The flood watch has been extended for both Sarasota and Manatee counties into 6 p.m. Tuesday… and it may be extended again. We’ll re-evaluate the situation tomorrow.”

On Tuesday morning, Noah said people in the Bradenton-Sarasota area can expect to see showers and a few storms along the coast. The showers and storms will move inland before noon, creating a 60 percent chance of rain.

“If you don’t get any breaks in sun, the temperatures will be between 87 to 89,” Noah said, “but if you stay cloudy all day and don’t get the sun we expect, it can be mid 80s.”

This pattern will repeat itself Wednesday through Friday.

“We’ll start to see a change in the pattern this weekend,” Noah said. “On Saturday, it will be drier and warmer. We’re looking for 88 to 91 but the heat index will be 100-105.”

The Myakka River in Myakka River State Park was under minor flooding as of early Monday evening, Noah said.

“The ground is saturated,” he said. “Any additional rain is just going to flood quickly — the roads are going to flood quickly, the small streams will flood quickly because the water has nowhere else to go.”

If rain occurs at high tide, Noah said flooding will be a bigger issue for those living along the coast like on Anna Maria Island.

Mary Manion, a resident of the city of Anna Maria and publicity chairperson for the Anna Maria Garden Club, hasn’t minded the weather over the past week.

“Personally I’m thrilled to have the rain because my grass is now going from brown to green and it’s definitely an improvement as far as what my shrubs and my plants feel, I’m sure,” the 80-year-old said. “I’m glad to see the rain but, on the other hand, if I were a tourist I wouldn’t want to see the rain this week.”

The retired high school teacher said she has about 15-20 plants around her home, including pie and hibiscus plants. Some are hard to nurture, she added.

“We always need the rain… we don’t have sprinklers but desperately many of the plants need water. In that sense, it’s good,” Manion said. “The flooding, no that’s not so good… but that can’t be helped.”

Amaris Castillo, law enforcement/island reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. Follow her on Twitter @AmarisCastillo.

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