TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Today was hot and mostly dry. We have quite a bit of dry air and Saharan Dust over us that is limiting our potential for showers this afternoon. That should make for a spectacular sunset, but it will be quite hot this evening as a result of the limited rain.
The best chance we have to see showers this evening begins over our inland counties between 6-8 p.m. and those showers may drift into our coastal counties during the late evening hours.
Saharan dust further settles in tomorrow, and it will limit the number of storms that form. Our rain chance drops to 30% in the afternoon. We will definitely feel hot without as much rain. Highs will be in the mid 90s again.
We’ll get some late afternoon and evening storms Friday, so the rain chance goes back up to 40%.
A stalled cold front just north of Florida will change our wind pattern for the weekend. We’ll get a flow off the Gulf of Mexico that will create showers earlier in the day. The rain starts near the coast and spreads inland by the afternoon.
Saturday’s chances for showers are at 50% and the chances for rain grow to 70% on Sunday. The chances for showers will not be confined to the afternoon, the westerly flow means passing morning and mid day showers are possible.
The earlier rain will help keep highs in the low 90s.
The Saharan dust across the Atlantic will keep the tropical wave near Africa from developing quickly. There is just a 20% chance of it forming a tropical storm or depression in the next five days.
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