TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — We saw record challenging heat once again today, hitting 96° in Tampa, tying the high temperature record for today that was set in 2017.
A few isolated showers were pushed into Polk county between 4-5 p.m. The easterly winds pushed the showers towards our coastline as he headed into the evening hours. Most of the shower will be offshore by around 9 p.m.
Most of us will not see any rain, so we are in for a slow cool down overnight under mostly clear skies, Temperatures will settle into the mid to upper 70s by sunrise on Thursday.
More of the same tomorrow with a high of 95° and a 30% rain chance for a few isolated afternoon storms. Another batch of drier air moves in Friday and sticks around through the weekend limiting rain chances to just a 10 to 20% chance each day.
High temperatures will continue to challenge records through the weekend with highs each day in the mid 90s.
Better rain chances will arrive for the middle of next week as tropical moisture surges in from the south.
Currently, the tropics remain active. Tropical Depression Harold continues to move inland in Texas and will dissipate later today. Tropical Storm Franklin will move over the Dominican Republic today dumping heavy rain and causing mudslides. It will continue to move north and meander into the Atlantic through early next week. It does not pose a threat to the Tampa Bay area at this time.
Two other tropical waves far in the Atlantic have a medium chance of developing in the long term but will stay fish storms and are no threat to the United States.