TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Today was sunny and hot, with building afternoon clouds. Showers and thunderstorms began to develop in the mid afternoon and will continue, especially over inland areas, into the early evening hours.

Saturday begins in the upper 70s and warms quickly. Expect temperatures climbing into the mid to low 90s for the afternoon. We have 50% chances for afternoon and evening showers and storms. Most of the storms will be along and west of I-75 through the day.

For Sunday and Labor Day, rain chances drop to 40%. Since these storms form after the hottest part of the day, highs will be in the mid 90s.

By the middle of next week, we return to an onshore wind pattern which should bring some earlier rain back to the forecast.

In the tropics, we have our first hurricane of the season, Hurricane Danielle. The storms is strengthening in the northern Atlantic, but it poses no threat to any land. Our favorite kind!

We are watching two other areas in the tropics right now for the potential for development. The area of disturbed weather moving off of the coastline of Africa is no longer expected to develop, the NHC places a 0% chance on it to develop now.

The area of disturbed weather in the mid Atlantic has a 70% chance to develop. If it does, it may take the next name on this year’s list, Earl. Forecast models show the system curving sharply to the north, then the northeast- completely avoiding the US- another of our favorite types of systems.

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