MAX DEFENDER 8 FORECAST: Inland showers fade, warm and dry evening


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Today marks the beginning of hurricane season and the beginning of meteorological Summer. We had uncharacteristically dry air over us, keeping our skies clear and the humidity low across most of our area.

The drier air helped us tie our high temperature record for the day, we hit 96°, which we’ve also hit once in 1967 and initially in 1945.

Where we did see more moist air, primarily our inland most counties, we saw downpours fire up. Those showers will most likely fade out thanks to drier air over our more coastal counties. Overall, the rain chance today is 30%, and the rain ends after sunset. If you’re heading outside to watch the Lightning game this evening, it cools slowly, but will be more pleasant than you’d expect for a June evening. Overnight lows will be in the low 70s.

Tomorrow’s rain chances develop up to 30% in the afternoon, and some of the storms near the coast could be stronger with heavy downpours and gusty winds. Highs will be near 90 degrees.

Thursday starts our partly cloudy and warms up quickly, topping out in the upper 80s and low 90s. Expect scattered afternoon storms to fire up, with 40% chances for rain.

Friday and Saturday a deep plume of moisture will be over us, and that enhances our afternoon storm potential, expect 50% chances for showers and storms.

Sunday’s rain chances will be in the afternoon and early evening hours, after a hot day. Expect 40% chances for showers and storms.

Early next week looks ever-so-slightly drier, with 30% chances for afternoon showers.

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