MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Inland storms this evening, fade & drift towards coastline late tonight


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – We saw quite a bit more sunshine today, particularly in the morning, which led our temperatures to climb close to 90°. Showers and storms drifted into our inland counties this afternoon from the east coast of Florida and will spread across our inland areas this evening. Expect our sea breeze to keep most of the rain east of I-75.

As the evening storms taper off, temperatures fall slowly. Overnight lows will be in the mid 70s.

A cold front pushes through the Southeast tomorrow, and it creates a west wind off the Gulf of Mexico for us. Watch for morning showers to push onshore. Through the day, rain heads quickly over to the east coast, and we dry out for the evening. Wednesday’s rain chance is 40% with highs in the upper 80s.

The front stalls just to our north for the end of the week. That means, most of the storms will be south of I-4 Thursday and Friday.

The true excitement in our forecast is for the potential for the front to drift a tad further south, lowering our rain chances, humidity, and overnight temperatures- if this takes place we will feel it over the weekend into early next week. We’re talking waking up in the low 70s and sunny skies!

Tropical Storms Pete and Rose are in the Atlantic, but both should stay out to sea. Another area coming off Africa is likely to develop this week as it heads west.

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