TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – After a sunny start, we warmed up quickly- topping out at 95° this afternoon. A late round of showers pushed across the state with the southeasterly winds. The grew in intensity and coverage as they approached our coastline during the evening hours.
The storms push offshore after sunset, with the latest lingering showers along the Nature Coast. Skies will clear out overnight and temperatures will sink down into the upper 70s.
Friday starts off sunny and warms quickly, into the low to mid 90s for the afternoon hours. We expect similar timing and distribution of the storms as what we saw on Thursday afternoon. Widely scattered showers will push into our inland counties from the east coast. The storms will grow in intensity and size as they cross our area and approach the Gulf. They should push offshore just before sunset, leaving us cooler and cloudy for an otherwise pleasant evening.
This pattern continues through the weekend. Each day expect dry and hot conditions during the afternoon, and the evening storms will produce lots of lightning, heavy rain, and gusty wind.
Rain chances increase to 60% tomorrow and Saturday, and we go to a 70% chance of those late day storms Sunday.
We remain in this pattern until the middle and end of next week when showers may start developing earlier in the day.
There will be no break from the intense summer heat. Highs stay in the low to mid 90s through next week
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