MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Showers fade, mild overnight


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Severe thunderstorms swept through this afternoon, cutting the Bolts celebration short with gusty winds, blinding downpours, and lightning. The storms pushes offshore and the spotty showers remaining will fade around sunset.

Overnight the skies will clear out and temperatures will sink down into the mid 70s.

Tuesday we wake up to sunny skies and we heat up to 92°, with a heat index temperature of 102°. There’s a small chance tomorrow during the late morning to the mid day for our inland counties to get swiped by a shower. The better chances for showers are during the afternoon hours. Deeper moisture over the state sets us up for heavier downpours and more intense afternoon storms. The best chances for rain are between 2-7 p.m. The storms will drift westward across our state, pushed by our generally easterly winds.

Wednesday’s forecast looks similar, with deep moisture, low 90s, and good chances for afternoon showers and thunderstorms. The easterly flow continues with showers and thunderstorms drifting westward across the state.

Thursday the deeper moisture decreases slightly, accounting to 40% chances for showers and thunderstorms and afternoon highs well into the low 90s.

Friday and Saturday have the most limited chances for showers and storms, expect 30% chances for rain, limited by some dry air.

We close the weekend out with 40% chance for afternoon storms on Sunday as we top out in the low 90s.


There are no areas in the tropics we expect to develop over the next 5 days.

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