MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Wet weather brings cooler conditions


Tampa, Fla. (WFLA): A boundary system will slowly take over the sunshine State bringing in deep tropical moisture from the south. Heavy cloud cover will continue to build throughout the morning with temperatures dropping to the low in mid 70s. By late afternoon scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are likely with much of the storm activity developing through our interior and northern counties. Depending on the timing of the cloud content and chances for wet weather, daytime highs will either remain in the mid and upper 80s or increase to the upper 80s and lower 90s. Overall it is still expected to be a warm and very muggy afternoon with the opportunity for showers. At this time instability is lacking within the mid levels for a severe weather threat to be high however, we will continue to be storm ready and alert throughout the peak heating timeframe of the day. 

Scattered showers will linger through Monday but the front is expected to pass by the afternoon. Morning Lows will remain in the lower 70s with daytime highs slightly cooler expected in the low to mid 80s. We will keep a dryer trend moving forward into Tuesday and Wednesday with daytime highs rising back to the upper 80s due to the approach of a secondary cold front swinging in from the west. 

By Thursday the secondary front will pack a scattered showers and thunderstorm punch to the gulf coastal areas of Florida. There seems to be an opportunity for heavy rain and gusty winds within a few of these storms cells so an opportunity for severe weather is possible. Most concerning, will be localized flooding to our interior/low-lined counties. This should just be a 24 hour event and by the time we reach Friday afternoon, a clear and dryer pattern will take over along with a massive cool down thanks to an area of low pressure filtering in colder air from the Ohio River Valley. 

By Friday, morning Lows should be in the low and mid 60s with daytime highs featured in the upper 70s and lower 80s. By Halloween Sunday we may see morning lows in the upper 50s and low 60s and daytime highs hovering in the mid to upper 70s.

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