TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Today was HOT again, topping out in the low to mid 90s but feeling more like 105° when you consider the humidity. Afternoon storms fired up and grew in intensity and coverage as we moved into the evening hours.

The last chances for rain fires up over Southern Polk, Western Highlands, Hardee, & DeSoto counties and drifts towards the Gulf around sunset. We will dry out overnight and the skies will partially clear out.

Temperatures will be in the low 80s early Friday morning. Expect fewer showers on Friday, thanks to slightly drier air over us. We’ll see a few isolated coastal showers during the early afternoon hours. Temperatures will soar into the mid 90s for an afternoon high. The best chance for rain is a late round of storms drifting towards the Gulf across our area between 8-10 p.m.

Sliightly drier on Friday, building rain chances over the weekend.

An onshore wind pattern develops this weekend. This is sometimes referred to as the “reverse summer” pattern. Watch for showers to push onto the coast from the Gulf of Mexico before midday. The showers spread quickly across the state, and we’ll have fewer late-day storms.

The onshore winds keep it extra humid, and highs will be in the low 90s. As a result of the westerly winds, our overnight lows will remain well into the low 80s at our coolest point.

The coverage of storms increases early next week with deeper moisture in place. The storms will continue to start earlier in the day.

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