TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – We hit 90° today before the showers and thunderstorms fired up and drifted slowly through our area, cooling us down. Today marks the turn towards cooler weather for our area, although for cool weather enthusiasts, it is marginal at best. All summer long we see an average high temperature of 91°, but today it drops down to 90°. The cooler average highs come more quickly from this point forward this season- it drops down to 89° on Sunday Sept 26th.
Showers and thunderstorms will drift very slowly north-northwest across our area this evening, making for the potential for flooding in the areas of heavy rain, particularly is flood-prone areas. The rain should fade between 10-11 p.m.
Overnight skies will be rather cloudy, and an overnight/early morning round of showers will push onshore form the Gulf early Thursday morning.
We begin Thursday with soggy coastal showers making their way onshore. Thursday, expect a few rounds of showers to push onshore and make their way inland during the afternoon and evening hours. The enhanced rounds of rain are part of a surge of moisture across the Gulf, moving eastward thanks to what is left of the tropical system Nicholas.
In the tropics, rain continues along the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts from Tropical Depression Nicholas, and there are two other tropical waves that are likely to develop.