MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Storms fade after sunset, steamy evening ensues


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – We expect a round of late-firing showers and storms, mainly north of I-4 in our coastal counties as we head into the evening hours. The showers and storms will begin to fade after sunset. Those that miss out on the rain will be in for a muggy, very slow cool down into the upper 70s.

Wednesday looks similar, waking up around 79 degrees and warming up into the low 90s. We’ll see a later round of showers and storms, peaking between 5-7 p.m. After sunset we will dry out for a sticky evening only cooling into the upper 70s overnight.

Chances for scattered storms are expected again on Thursday afternoon into the evening.

The forecast begins to try out a tad on Friday, with 30% chances for a late round of showers and storms. The forecast beginning on Friday and into the weekend is dominated by stronger easterly winds, which means hotter, sunnier days, with a later round of storms pushing into our area from the east.

Temperatures will be quite hot over the weekend, topping out in the low to mid 90s. Looking ahead to next week, we see the easterly winds continue, making for later rounds of widely scattered showers and storms.

The tropics are heating up! We are monitoring three areas for the possibility of development right now. The first is drifting past Curacao towards Nicaragua. It will most likely enter the Gulf and potentially be a rainmaker for the Texas coastline. This area has a 60% chance to become a numbered or named system.

The other two areas we are monitoring are over the Atlantic right now. The area with the highest chance to develop, (70%) is most likely too far North to end up making any impact on the Tampa Bay area.

The area that has most recently moved off of the coastline of Africa has been downgraded to a 30% chance to develop over the next 5 days.

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