MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Slow moving storms fade after sunset, new system to watch in the tropics


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – We’ve got slow moving thunderstorms that will slowly fade this evening, the heaviest rain will begin to fade around sunset. Skies will clear out overnight as temperatures will sink down into the mid to upper 70s.

Tuesday starts off sunny and warms up quickly, expect building clouds during the afternoon and showers and storms to fire up and drift towards our coastline. Temperatures will top out around 93° before the 40% chances for scattered storms. The storms will fade after sunset or drift offshore.

Wednesday looks similar, with a sunny start leading to hotter temperatures. A later round of afternoon storms will fire up and drift towards the coastline during the evening hours.

Some upper level dry air limits the number of storms for the second half of the week. We have 30% chances Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It’ll be slightly warmer on those days with highs in the low to mid 90s.

We are watching Potential Tropical Cyclone 6, which is likely to become Tropical Storm Fred tonight. The forecast cone shows the system approaching South Florida over the weekend as a weak Tropical Storm. The weekend forecast will be determined the eventual path. Extra moisture should bring rain chances up a bit.

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