MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Early morning storms drift from west to east throughout the day


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The onshore wind pattern continues today – but there are finally some changes coming.

By the early afternoon, these storms will begin to spread east to our inland counties leaving to the coast to dry out. Wednesday will be very similar to the past couple of days with a drier evening in the forecast.

Highs today will be around 89 degrees, which is slightly below the average of 90 degrees. Overall rain chances are at a 50%.

The onshore wind pattern will persist Thursday but there should be fewer morning showers at the coast. Rain chances remain elevated at a 50% through the day with a few strong storms possible.

A more typical summer forecast returns Friday with widespread storms expected mainly in the afternoon. This pattern continues into the weekend.

By next week, the forecast remains uncertain and will largely depends on the tropics. Currently, there are three tropical waves being monitored by the NHC. The first two will likely develop but the forecast models aren’t in very good agreement on what will happen with those storms as they approach the United States.

Invest 97L is the first wave currently moving through the Caribbean. It is forecast to remain weak even as it moves closer to the Gulf.

Invest 98L is right behind 97L. This storm is currently forecast to move a little closer to Florida and will need to be watched through the weekend. Again, the forecast remains uncertain with regards to timing, location and how strong that system may get.

The third is a tropical wave moving off the coast of Africa with just a 20% chance of developing over the next five days.

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