TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – We tied our high temperature record for today of 97° from 1993, and record challenging heat is expected throughout the weekend. Our chances for rain are quite slim this evening, but we cannot rule out an isolated coastal shower closer to sunset, especially in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

We will be close to record highs all weekend, hitting 65 Saturday and 96 Sunday.

Record challenging heat through the weekend.

While most of us stay rain-free through the weekend, a few spotty showers will develop in the late afternoon and push toward the cost. The rain chance is 20% on Saturday and 30% on Sunday.

Low rain chances this weekend, building next week.

Monday we will see out rain chances increasing slightly, to 40%, but our more normal rain chances are back by Tuesday of next week. The rain chances remain high through the work week.

Afternoon highs will get out of the record-challenging zone thanks to the increase in rain chances, we should top out in the low 90s those days.

Saharan dust continues to stream across the Atlantic, and it is contributing to our drier-than-normal conditions. It’s also keeping the tropics very quiet.

Rain chances increase next week, and the extra clouds and showers help bring highs back into the low 90s.

An onshore wind may develop in the middle of next week, and that pattern would mean a few morning showers as well as typical afternoon downpours.

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