MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Damp and warm evening, tracking new system in the tropics


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Today was hot and humid, we’ve got passing downpours drifting northward across our area. We topped out in the upper 80s under mostly cloudy skies. We should start to dry out after 8pm this evening. We should get down into the mid 70s overnight, with ever-so-slightly less humidity.

Temperatures will be warmer with highs near 90° Friday afternoon and rain chances will only be at a 30% for a few isolated storms mainly in the afternoon.

The slightly drier trend continues Saturday with just a 20% chance for a few isolated storms, and hot temperatures in the afternoon with highs near 92°.

Sunday we will see the moisture creeping back into our forecast, increasing our humidity and chances for afternoon showers. We will warm up to 91° with a 40% chance for showers and thunderstorms.

Deeper moisture makes a return early next week increasing rain chances once again by Monday afternoon.

Tracking the Tropics

Potential Tropical Cyclone Three is expected to develop into a tropical depression or our next named storm by Friday afternoon. The next name on the list is Claudette. This system is expected to drift northward towards the Louisiana coastline where it will be a rainmaker, particularly to the east of landfall.

Little to no impact will be felt here in the Tampa Bay area but deep tropical moisture will produce heavy rain as the system moves ashore possibly somewhere in Louisiana or Alabama. The storm is not expected to be very strong but possibly a tropical storm as it moves ashore.

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