MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Later round of coastal showers fades, slow cool down overnight

Forecast

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – We topped out at a record tying 96 degrees this afternoon, matching the previous record from this day in 2019. Slightly drier air over us has limited our showers and storms, but the later rounds of more isolated showers in our coastal counties will either push offshore, or fade between 8-9p.m.

Thursday we wake up to a small chance for light rain over our inland counties. Stronger easterly winds may push showers across the state during the early morning hours, but they fade out over our inland counties. Expect mostly sunny skies and temperatures climbing into the low 90s. We have a 40% chance for scattered showers and storms to drift westward across the state.

Rain chances remain at 40% Friday, but they drop to 30% Saturday. Saturday starts out in the mid 70s, a rare and welcome treat for us this time of the year to get cooler than the upper 70s and low 80s. That feeling doesn’t last very long, we will warm up into the low 90s, we have isolated chances for a stray shower during the day, but much more defined chances for showers and storms during the afternoon and evening hours.

Sunday looks like the slightly wetter day of the weekend, with 40% chances for showers and storms during the afternoon and evening hours. Temperatures begin in the mid 70s and warm into the low 90s.

This weekend, we will be tracking a potential tropical system in the western Gulf of Mexico. At this time, it looks to stay far enough away that it doesn’t bring any direct impacts to the Tampa Bay area, but we will monitor it.

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