MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Storms push offshore, watching the Tropics for the weekend


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – We topped out at 92 degrees this afternoon before scattered storms drifted across our area. Those downpours will drift offshore or fade around sunset this evening. Expect clearing skies and temperatures sinking down into the upper 70s.

Wednesday starts out sunny and warms up quickly. Expect a few clouds to develop during the early afternoon and a round or two of storms drifting westward across our area by the late afternoon into the early evening hours. The showers push offshore by sunset and the skies will clear out.

Expect slightly lower rain chances on Thursday and Friday. Highs will be in the low to mid 90s on those days.

The weekend forecast looks wetter, and those rain chances may go further up if Fred moves close to our area late this weekend into early next week.

Potential Tropical Cyclone 6 heading into the Caribbean may impact Florida this weekend. As of 5 p.m, Fred has still not formed- great news! Satellite indications show enough intensity in parts of the low, but there is no closed center of rotation yet. The official forecast still predicts the low to become Tropical Storm Fred overnight. After that, interaction with Hispaniola will weaken Fred back into a low pressure system. On Friday Fred may get stronger and be classified once again as a Tropical Storm. Once the storm enters the Gulf, intensification is expected, but still within the Tropical Storm range. It’s too soon to tell if Fred will bring rain our way or how much- it may track so far west into the Gulf we would be drier and a tad breezy. If the center of this track were to verify, we’d get heavy coastal showers as it passed by. We will keep you updated.

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