MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Storms fade after sunset, tracking Elsa


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Scattered storms fired up this afternoon, they will build until sunset, as the storms fade they will drift back towards the Gulf. Overnight we will sink down into the mid to upper 70s under mostly cloudy skies.

Friday an onshore flow develops, which changes our weather pattern slightly. We will see coastal showers pushing onshore during the first half of the day, with a more inland concentration of the scattered storms during the afternoon. Temperatures will top out in the upper 80s.

Tomorrow’s rain chance is still 50%, but it should be much drier in the late afternoon and evening. This pattern continues into Saturday as well. Overall rain chances drop to 40% Saturday and 30% Sunday.

Saturday we wake up in the upper 70s and warm into the low 90s. The westerly winds continue, pushing coastal showers onshore during the morning hours and over inland counties during the afternoon.

Sunday (Happy 4th of July!) we see slightly drier conditions, with northern and inland chances for a few afternoon showers. Temperatures will be hot, topping out in the low 90s. Fore fireworks time, the chances for showers are low and temperatures should be in the mid to low 80s.

Next week’s forecast will depend on Tropical Storm Elsa as it passes through the Caribbean Islands. Most models keep the system a tropical storm, but it may get close to Florida next week, so we will keep a close eye on it.

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