TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – It was quite hot & humid today, topping out around 92° but feeling more like 106° when you consider the humidity. Expect a slow cool down – most of us will stay dry. Only a few widely scattered showers will push inland this evening.
Temperatures will sink slowly down through the 80s and will settle into the mid to upper 70s early Wednesday morning. Expect a sunny & muggy morning, with temperatures quickly climbing up through the 80s.
A little after lunchtime, a few storms pop up near the coast. The coverage of storms increases as the rain spreads east through the afternoon. Watch for a few heavy downpours with an overall 30% rain chance.
We up the rain chance slightly Thursday to 40%, but the storms still drift inland during the afternoon. Highs will be in the low 90s.
Afternoon storms develop Thursday with Hurricane Lee well off the Florida east coast. It’s only impact to our state will be high surf and rip currents Thursday on the east caost.
We have a better chance for downpours on Friday at 60%. Some models hinted at some lower humidity for the weekend, but others keep scattered rain in the forecast, especially for southern areas. Highs will be in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees Saturday and Sunday.
Hurricane Lee heads north and could bring high wind and waves to New England and the Canadian Maritimes. It’s not the only hurricane in the Atlantic. Margot has strengthened, but it will stay out to sea. There is one other tropical wave that has a 80% chance of development in the central Atlantic.