MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Soggy evening leads to a cloudy, damp Friday


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Today was cloudy and damp, with coastal showers moving onshore. We topped out at 87° thanks to the passing showers and overcast skies. We have a ton of moisture in our area right now, that is leading to heavier downpours and a soggier evening into the overnight hours.

This moisture keeps our rain chances elevated the next few days. Watch for a downpours along the coast Friday morning, especially in Citrus, Pasco, and Hernando counties. Then, the rain chance increases to 60% in the afternoon and evening. Some heavy rain pockets are possible, and there will be extra clouds around.

Highs will stay in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees, and it will feel quite humid through the day. Overnight lows will be in the mid 70s.

The rain chance drops slightly to 50% Saturday, but the pattern and timing remains the same, with messy areas of rain drifting onshore from the Gulf and moving inland.

We get back to a normal pattern of afternoon storms starting Sunday. Expect light winds and sunnier skies, with building chances for rain after 2 p.m.

Two tropical waves in the Atlantic have a high chance of development. One should stay just off the east coast of the U.S. The other will head into the central Atlantic, but it’s so far away now, that we will be tracking it for the next week and a half.

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