TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — We topped out at 93° today, with afternoon and evening storms cooling us down. The storms will fade around sunset and cooler, drier air sinks down through our area.

Temperatures will fall into the low to mid 70s for Saturday morning and it will be mostly dry through the entire day. There is just a 10% chance for a stray passing shower mainly south of I-4 Saturday afternoon and temperatures will be up near 90°. The low humidity sticks around for Sunday and it will be a very pleasant start for the second half of the weekend with temperatures in the low 70s.

Sunday afternoon temperatures warm into the upper 80s but the low humidity and dry air stick around with rain chances just at a 20%.

Next week’s forecast will largely depend on the developing system in the tropics. Confidence is still low on where the system may track for the middle and end of next week.

The system organized a little overnight and is now Tropical Depression Nine. It is not yet a named storm but will likely get a name later today when the wind speeds get a little stronger. It will continue to organize over the next couple of days and that’s when models will get a better handle on where the system may go.


The forecast cone shows gradual development through Monday in the Caribbean and has it approaching Cuba as a category one hurricane. Continued strengthening is expected as it moves into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and could be nearing the Florida peninsula Tuesday or Wednesday.

Although the forecast models have a smaller spread in the Gulf as of Friday morning, we may still see these tracks shift east and west until the storm develops. There is a lot of discrepancy on when the system may turn and begin moving east and the timing of that turn will be key in determining impacts for the Tampa Bay area.