TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – We topped out in the mid 80s despite increasing winds today. The spotty evening showers will push offshore this evening and we will be mainly dry and mild.

Rain bands from Nicole will begin to pass through the Tampa Bay area Wednesday. It’ll be an even windier day, and highs will be in the mid 70s with more clouds around. Rain chances increase to 60%.

The most impacts from Nicole come on Thursday as it pushes northeast through Florida.

Much of our area will get tropical storm force wind gusts and torrential downpours at times through the day.

Impacts across our area will not be severe- we will see tropical storm force winds, gusting between 30-50 mph for much of Thursday. We will see rainfall totals between 1-3″.

As Nicole gets to our north on Friday, our conditions improve. There’s a 60% chance of passing showers, and it will still be breezy. A cold front sweeps through early Saturday. That front quickly pushes Nicole up the east coast, and it will usher in much cooler and drier air for Sunday and Monday.

Stay weather aware on the go with the free Max Defender 8 Weather app. You can also sign up to get daily forecast newsletters and weather alert emails sent to your inbox.