MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Cloudy & not AS hot tonight, coastal showers are back tomorrow


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – We topped out at 89° and saw rainfall totals of .16″ at the Tampa site. Expect a mostly dry and cloudier night, with temperatures sinking down into the mid to upper 70s.

Wednesday starts out mild and mostly cloudy. Temperatures will warm up to around 90°. By the lunch hour, a few showers will be lined up offshore, ready to move inland. Between 1-3pm the first of the coastal showers push onshore and make their way inland. Expect scattered downpours to make their way inland by the afternoon hours. The evening dries out a tad and temperatures will sink down into the 70s.

An area of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico makes its way toward the Florida Panhandle on Thursday. I don’t expect this system to develop into t Depression or Storm, but I do think it will make our rain chances on Tuesday morning extra soggy. The heaviest downpours will be in coastal Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco counties. Thursday is an Umbrella Alert Day, but the best chances for rain are during the day, especially north of I-4.

The best chances for showers are during the day on Thursday, as of right now it looks like the forecast will be drier for the evening hours, great news for the game!

As the low heads northeast Friday, we have higher rain chances north of I-4.

The forecast dries out nicely for the weekend, especially on Saturday. Next week our winds will be out of the east, meaning sunnier mornings, hotter afternoons, and a later, more intense round of late afternoon storms.

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