A strong cold front that is moving south may push scattered showers over Tampa Bay late Monday. These showers could turn into severe thunderstorms by Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service warns.
These storms could bring damaging wind gusts, hail between 1-2 inches, isolated tornadoes and frequent lightning to the Bay area Tuesday morning and into the early afternoon. Winds around the gulf also could increase to near gale forces behind the cold front around Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, forecasters said.
Large parts of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee would be under a tornado threat Monday afternoon and evening, forecasters said. In Alabama, tornadoes, hail the size of tennis balls and 70 mph winds are most likely to occur in parts of central and northern Alabama, including all of metro Birmingham.
On Monday morning, fog has over taken the Tampa Bay area, with nearly zero visibility in St Petersburg. Fog is draped over most of Pinellas County, Tampa andthe rest of Hillsborough County. Tampa Bay will warm up by the late Monday morning, with highs reaching well into the upper 70s. By the evening, the sky will become mostly cloudy, a little hot and humid with temperatures around 69.
By Tuesday, the chance of rain will rise to nearly 70 percent with a strong chance of thunderstorms and strong winds. Theses storms should dissipate by Tuesday afternoon as the cold front continues moving south. Highs will continue to stick around the upper 70s in the afternoon, and low temperatures will bottom around the upper 50s.
Tampa Bay will cool down for the rest of the week with temperatures around the upper 60s to lower 70s. Skies should be mostly clear with wind gusts around 15 to 20 mph.