MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Scattered storms push offshore, rain chances increase this weekend as Fred approaches


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – We were HOT and slightly drier today, with only a few scattered storms firing up and drifting towards the coastline, but those that did packed a punch of lightning and heavy rainfall. The storms will fade and push offshore around to just after sunset. Expect clearing skies and temperatures sinking down into the mid to upper 70s.

The rain chance increases to 40% tomorrow as some moisture from Fred spreads across southern Florida. It will still be hot and humid with highs in the low-mid 90s. Expect the storms to fire up east of our area and drift westward during the late afternoon and early evening hours.

As Fred enters the Gulf of Mexico Saturday, our rain chance goes up to 50%. Most of the impacts from Fred will be felt Saturday night and through Sunday.

Saturday starts off with a chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms, then as we move into the afternoon and evening hours, the showers and storms become more widespread. We may see some gusty winds out of the east-northeast sustained between 15-20 mph and gusts as high as 20mph. –

Sunday will be windy and wet, the rain chance jumps up to 70%, and some heavy downpours are likely. Watch for flooding from rain, but the surge of gulf water looks to be minimal. Winds will be out of the east-southeast between 15-20 mph with gusts of up to 30 mph. The weather improves on Monday as the system likely heads toward the northern Gulf Coast.

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