TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Tuesday was hot and mostly dry, topping out at 92 degrees, but feeling more like the low triple digits. A trail of moisture extending from what is left of Ida will be drug across our area tonight into tomorrow. Expect a few light coastal showers to push onshore late tonight, especially in Citrus, pasco, and Hernando counties.
Wednesday is an umbrella alert day- don’t get caught in the daytime downpours. We wake up to onshore winds and muggy overnight temperatures close to 80 degrees. By the mid morning, a round of coastal downpours will push into our northern coastal counties (Citrus, Hernando, & Pasco.) By lunchtime the showers and storms will make it down into Pinellas, Hillsborough and Polk counties. By the afternoon hours the line of downpours will have spread into our inland and southern counties as well. We will begin to dry out during the evening hours. Expect not AS hot temperatures in the mid to upper 80s thanks to the rain. The winds will be gusty at times, out of the southwest sustained between 10-15 mph and gusting up to 20 mph.
That’s the start of a few rainy days ahead. A moisture trail coming from the remnants of Ida lingers across the state. Expect downpours through the day on Thursday as well. The extra clouds and rain help hold highs in the upper 80s.
The onshore flow continues into Friday, but slightly drier air building in saves us from widespread rain. Expect mostly sunny skies, light winds, and afternoon highs close to 90.
Some upper-level drier air arrives for the weekend, and that will limit the number of storms that form. Saturday looks slightly drier than Sunday and the limited storms that do form will be during the afternoon hours. The winds will be light, out of the north and northeast.
Our westerly winds set back up on Labor Day, meaning warmer overnight lows and earlier in the day chances for showers to wander onshore from the Gulf. As we begin the next week expect average chances for showers and temperatures in the low 90s.
TRACKING THE TROPICS
We are watching four areas in the Tropics- pretty typical for this time of the year, but the good news is nothing is headed directly our way right now. What is left of Ida will drag a trail of moisture across our area tonight and over the next two days. Ida will be a rain maker for the southeast right now before moving out into the north Atlantic.
Next is newly formed Tropical Depression 12, just rolling off of the coastline of Africa, expected to intensify into Larry, but will remain a fish storm! Our favorite kind!
Next up is what’s left of Tropical Depression Kate- a fading fish storm that is NOTHING to worry about.
And lastly, a wave with a low chance to develop near Nicaragua.