MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Cooling off slowly this evening, rain chances build this weekend


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Today was toasty warm, topping out in the upper 80s and low 90s, with a touch more humidity than we’ve seen for the past weeks. A few clouds developed this afternoon, but sunset should still be beautiful.

Clear skies overnight will make for nicely cooling temperatures, dropping into the low 70s. The full moon will be beautiful and easy to spot.

Today is the first day of the year with an average high temperature of 90 degrees. The average high stays at 90 or 91 through September 25th.

Thursday will be sunny and warm, hitting the low 90s during the afternoon, as the sea breeze keeps our coastal towns in the mid to upper 80s. The dry conditions stick around Thursday, but you may notice a slight increase in the humidity.

We will ease into rain chances over the weekend. Friday we only have a 10% chance for an isolated sea breeze shower to pop up during the afternoon.

On Saturday and Sunday our rain chances grow to 20%, primarily confined to the afternoon hours and especially for our more inland counties.

The best chance for rain this week will be on Memorial Day, where we will see 30% coverage of scattered afternoon storms, once again especially for our inland areas.

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