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FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Memorial Day weekend; Alberto strengthens, headed to Florida

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Sub-tropical Storm Alberto is slightly stronger Sunday and moving a little faster northward in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

At 4 a.m. Sunday, the system was centered about 165 miles southwest of Tampa, Florida with winds at 45 mph. Currently, Alberto is moving north at 15 mph. 

The "eastward shift" continues, and it looks as if "Tropical Storm Alberto" will make landfall Monday along the Florida panhandle, which is excellent news for our part of the world! 

Otherwise, our local holiday forecast is calling for a sun/cloud mix. On Sunday, we'll have 40 to 50 percent coverage of showers and storms and a high of 88 degrees.

Overall, expect the same basic forecast for Monday, Memorial Day.

Beyond Monday, a transition back to a drier and a hotter weather pattern is expected to wrap the incredibly hot month of May!

Daily rain chances will run 20 to 30 percent from Tuesday through Friday with highs in the low to mid 90s. Daytime highs could even go up a notch or two next weekend! 

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