MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Drying out this evening, watching the tropics

Forecast

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – We saw an early afternoon round of storms drift westward across our area, lingering showers remain for the evening hours. We can’t rule out light showers at Amalie Arena tonight for the game, but it will not be a washout.

Tonight will be on the damp side and a tad muggy. Under mostly cloudy skies temperatures will be in the mid 70s overnight

Thursday begins under partly sunny skies, we will warm into the upper 80s for the afternoon. Expect another round or two of afternoon into the evening hours showers and thunderstorms. Rain chances remain high tomorrow at 60% in the afternoon and evening with highs in the upper 80s.

Showers and storms back off slightly Friday, and highs return to near 90 degrees.

The pattern shifts for the July 4th weekend, and winds come from the Gulf of Mexico. That will keep rain chances down to 30%, and the storms that form will push east of I-75.

TRACKING THE TROPICS

We are monitoring Potential Tropical Cyclone 5, which is barreling across the Atlantic at 20mph+, but is expected to intensify into Tropical Storm Elsa soon. Despite the considerable shear the storm will push through, early forecast models predict the system potentially being south of Florida Monday evening. It’s too soon to tell if this system will impact our forecast, but it bears watching, especially over the weekend.

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