Tampa, Fla. (WFLA) — Today felt like summer! It was HOT, we topped out in the mid 90s and humid, making it feel like the upper 90s. We stayed dry for most of the day, with only a few isolated storms firing up into the early evening hours.
It will be muggy and slow to cool this evening, with temperatures sinking down into the mid 70s. The skies will partially clear overnight.
Monday warms up quickly, racing into the low 90s under partly cloudy skies. We’ll see a few isolated showers and storms fire up during the late afternoon hours and they will linger until just past sunset. The beaches have the best chance to stay dry, thanks to the sea breeze.
Tuesday looks similar, starting in the muggy mid 70s, warming quickly into the 90s, and only a few afternoon storms firing off.
Wednesday’s temperatures are in the same range, starting in the mid 70s and topping out in the low 90s, but we will see a few more (mainly inland) afternoon storms.
Thursday will be a tad wetter during the afternoon hours, with scattered storms firing up.
Friday will be wetter, with more widespread afternoon showers and storms pushing through.
It’s THAT time of the year, we have to start watching the tropics. Hurricane season doesn’t officially begin until June 1st, but we’ve seen preseason named systems for several years in a row now. I don’t think this one will end up with a name, it only has a 10% chance to develop over the next 5 days. It will not effect our forecast, but it looks like a much needed rainmaker for the northern Gulf.