MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Scorching heat and spotty showers fade this evening, weekend looking hotter and drier


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – We topped out at a sizzling 95 degrees, just one degree shy of our high temperature record for today of 96, set in 2007. A few scattered storms fired up this afternoon, those will be most prolific across our southern counties during the evening hours.

Overnight, temperatures will sink down into the upper 70s and low 80s. Skies will clear out and winds will be calm.

Saturday starts out a tad muggy and warms very quickly. Expect plenty of sunshine during the morning, and partly cloudy skies as we head into the afternoon. High temperatures will climb into the above average mid to low 90s. There is a 30% chance for widely scattered storms that will develop during the afternoon and early evening hours.

If you are headed to the Bucs game, you may get swiped by a shower or storm during pregame tailgating, but by kickoff the showers should be mainly east of the stadium and fading. Chances for showers peak at the stadium between 2-4 p.m. The game will be warm and muggy, with winds fading.

Sunday looks even hotter, with record-challenging mid 90s expected. We only expect isolated storms during the afternoon and evening hours.

This weekend, we will also keep an eye on Tropical Storm Henri as it heads toward the Northeast.

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