TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Today was lovely, we topped out in the upper 80s and only saw isolated late afternoon and early evening showers. The later evening will be comfortable, with fading isolated showers. Expect clearing skies overnight and temperatures sinking down into the mid 70s for early Tuesday morning.
Tuesday, expect to start out nice and warm up into the upper 80s. The afternoon will be defined by highs near 90 degrees and a 50% rain chance. The showers will drift into our area from the northeast and widely scattered showers will push through our counties.
For the middle and end of the work week, rain chances will come down with some even drier air coming in that will limit the coverage of the storms that form in the afternoons.
Through the weekend, rain chances remain less than what we’ve seen for the past few weeks and afternoon highs will be in the low 90s.
Hurricane Fiona is now pulling away from Puerto Rico moving toward the Turks and Caicos. Continued strengthening is expected and it could be the first major hurricane of the season however, impacts are not expected in the Tampa Bay area and minimal impacts will be felt in the United States.
There will be high surf and a high risk for strong rip currents along the east coast, otherwise the storm is expected to stay well offshore. It could impact Bermuda though, as a category 3 hurricane Thursday.
There is another area the National hurricane Center is highlighting for possible tropical development in the central Atlantic but this would not impact the United states.
The area we are watching more closely is expected to form to the south and east of where Fiona formed. It is far too early to tell where this system may impact, but the reason we are watching this system id because long term forecast models show that this system may make it’s way into the Gulf.