MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Scorching heat and storms fade this evening, drier over the weekend


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Today was HOT. We topped out in the record-breaking upper 90s. We hit 97 at the Tampa Airport, shattering our previous high temperature of 95 degrees, from 105 years ago, in 1916. The heat index, or “feels like” temperatures around 108 degrees. The scattered storms fade out or push offshore around sunset.

Thursday afternoon will be another very hot day with high temperatures in the low to mid-90s, feels like temperatures in the triple digits and a 30% chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms late in the afternoon.

By the weekend, slightly drier air moves in in the upper levels of the atmosphere and will limit rain chances to a 20% both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Temperatures will stay hot with highs in the low to mid-90s.

Tropical moisture will return for the middle of next week and rain chances go back up to a 40 to 50%.

Tracking the Tropics

We are still tracking three tropical systems.

Hurricane Grace continues to make its way through the Caribbean toward the Yucatan peninsula, strengthening as it does so. It is the 2nd hurricane of the season and will move across the Yucatan peninsula, into the Bay of Campeche, and making another landfall in Mexico over the next five days. This is still no threat to the United states.

Tropical storm Henri continues to swirl around Bermuda and will stay a mid grade to tropical storm over the next five days. This storm is also no threat to the United states.

No new development is expected over the next five days. In fact, a large plume of Saharan dust just came off the coast of Africa and will make its way across the Atlantic. This will not prevent storms from forming over the next 10 days, but if any do it will keep them on the weaker side.

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