TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Today was hot, we topped out in the low 90s before scattered showers developed during the afternoon. The showers grew in intensity and coverage during the evening hours, with a more inland concentration later into the evening.

We will dry out before sunset and it will be lovely for the evening hours. Skies will clear out overnight as temperatures sink down into the upper 70s.

Drier air (plus some Saharan dust!) moves over our state on Thursday, which significantly limits, but does not eliminate our chances for rain on Thursday. It will be quite hot, hitting 94 for an afternoon high. We will see an isolated shower or two, with a 20% chance for showers. Plan for a beautiful, but warm sunset, enhanced by the Saharan dust in our atmosphere.

Rain chances for the next 5 days for Tampa Bay

The drier air sticks around, but slowly erodes as we head into the weekend. With more sunshine and fewer clouds, it gets hotter. We’ll be near record highs in the mid 90s through the weekend.

A couple of afternoon storms possible Friday and the weekend, but the overall coverage remains less than normal for late July and early August. We have 30% chances for showers on Friday and Saturday. The rain chances build to 40% on Sunday afternoon.

Rain chances return to “normal” by the middle of next week

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