MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Tropical Storm Mindy brings soggy downpours Thursday

Forecast

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The NHC began issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Mindy in the Gulf at 5 p.m. This is the disorganized area we’ve been watching for a few days that is expected to bring us a few rounds of showers tonight into Thursday.

The early portions of this evening were quiet, warm, and cloudy, but we expect an evening rounds of showers and storms around and after sunset. A line of rain will push onshore from the Gulf and make its way inland. The storms should fade around 10 p.m.

We are waking up on Thursday to coastal showers, especially in Citrus, Pasco, and Hernando counties. Thursday is an umbrella alert day for extra soggy downpours that will push through during the day. The showers will spread southward and inland throughout the day on Thursday- the lunch hour could be messy. Most forecast models show a break in the rain in the early afternoon, followed by a late afternoon round of showers and storms moving through. Most forecast models show us drying out in time for the Bucs game kickoff. For any of the pre-game festivities, make sure to bring along the rain gear. In between rain bands the sun will warm us into the upper 80s and low 90s. Winds will be gusty at times, sustained out of the west around 10 mph, with gusts of up to 20 mph.

Rain chances drop slightly to 40% Friday, and the weekend looks drier and hotter with 30% chance of rain each day.

Easterly winds will be the MVP of next week’s forecast! Easterly winds mean sunny mornings, warmer afternoons, and a later, sometimes more intense round of late afternoon/early evening storms moving westward across our area. Easterly winds also mean slightly cooler morning temperatures- a fan favorite!

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