MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Storms fade this evening, Fred brings higher rain chances this weekend


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – We topped out at a smoldering 95 degrees today under mostly sunny skies. Scattered thunderstorms, mainly south of I-4 drift off of our coastline and fade after sunset.

Thursday starts out sunny in the upper 70s and warms quickly into the mid 90s, with feels like temperatures well over 100°. Drier air over us will limit, but not eliminate our scattered afternoon storms drifting towards the Gulf of Mexico by the early evening hours.

Friday looks like a repeat of Thursday, waking up at 79° and warming up to 93° with 30% chances for a few scattered storms.

All eyes turn to Tropical Storm Fred this weekend. Tropical moisture increases rain chances on Saturday to 50%, but the storm itself is still to our south. With the current forecast, the strongest wind and heaviest rain will be Saturday night into Sunday afternoon as the storm heads north through the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

There are still lots of uncertainties with the forecast, but most computer models keep the system on the weaker side even if it stays over water.

Sunday’s rain chances are enhanced by Fred, expect 70% chances for passing downpours, which could be heavy at times.

Monday the leftover tropical moisture will make for enhanced showers and storms, especially during the afternoon and early evening.

A westerly flow sets back up by mid week which changes our weather pattern, expect morning to mid day showers pushed onshore by the westerly winds and drier afternoons as the storms make their way to the east.

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