TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Today was mostly dry and very hot, we topped out in the mid to low 90s under partly cloudy skies. Only a few isolated, mainly inland showers are possible this evening. We are in for a very slow cool down, into the low 80s.

Wednesday starts out warm and muggy and stays dry for the first part of the day. Our winds are more southerly instead of westerly, making for drier mornings. We expect to top out in the low to mid 90s before late afternoon showers and thunderstorms erupt over our inland counties and thrive through sunset.

The coverage of rain will be higher tomorrow, and the rain chance increases to 50%. A more noticeable difference will be the timing of the rain. We return to a more typical summer wind pattern. The morning should be mostly dry, and the storms that form will drift toward the Gulf of Mexico in the evening.

Rain chances over the next 5 days.

It stays hot and humid with highs in the low 90s. Rain chances increase even more for the end of the week. We go up to a 70% chance Thursday. Most of these storms will be in the afternoon and evening, a stray morning shower is still possible. The biggest chance for rain and the heaviest rainfall will be over our inland counties.

Most of Friday will be dry, but Friday night, especially around sunset, widespread showers and thunderstorms will develop.

Chances for rain build back up to 70% on Saturday. mainly confined to the afternoon and evening.

Sunday our westerly winds build again, making for earlier chances for rain throughout the day and slightly less scorching afternoon temperatures.

8 day forecast for Tampa Bay

The only area we are watching in the tropics right now is along the northern Gulf Coast. An area of low pressure has developed along a stalled cold front.

This low pressure has a 20% chance of developing tropical characteristics in the next five days. The system is expected to drift away from the Tampa Bay area, but it does bring us extra tropical moisture that enhances our rain chances later this week.

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