MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Isolated storms fade after sunset, slow cool down overnight


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — We topped out in the mid to low 90s under mostly sunny skies. We saw fewer showers and thunderstorms today thanks to some drier air over us. The latest isolated storms will fade out after sunset in our southern inland counties.

This evening will cool slowly under partly cloudy skies. temperatures will sink down to 79° for an overnight low.

Wednesday starts off sunny and in the upper 70s. Expect a quick warm up into the low to mid 90s, feeling more like 104° when you consider the humidity. Expect 40% chances for scattered afternoon into the evening storms, drifting westward towards the coastline.

Thursday begins in the upper 70s with plenty of sunshine that warms up well into the low 90s. Expect 40% chances for afternoon storms that will be slow-moving thanks to light and variable winds. This means the areas that do get rained on could see heavy rainfall totals.

Friday kicks off a slightly drier, hotter weather pattern. We wake up in the upper 70s and warm up close to the mid 90s. Expect 30% chances for isolated showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon.

The weekend looks equally hot and humid with isolated chances for a stray shower. Expect afternoon highs in the mid to low 90s with 30% chances for rain.

Next week winds will be light and variable in the mornings, with the sea breeze developing during the afternoon, which will be a catalyst point for afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Tracking the Tropics

Fred continues to lift north today and it will weaken.

Tropical storm Grace continues to move west through the Caribbean, it is forecast to strengthen but it is likely to stay well south of the Tampa Bay area and the United States as it makes its way toward the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. It is forecast to become a category 1 hurricane by the weekend in the Bay of Campeche.

Tropical storm Henri formed near Bermuda yesterday and will continue to meander in the Atlantic for the next 5 days, with no threat to the United states.

Other than those three storms, no new development is expected over the next 5 days in the tropical Atlantic.

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