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Unsettled air means humidity, afternoon storms in Tampa area

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Published:   |   Updated: May 1, 2013 at 10:40 AM

A day after strong morning storms flooded streets and resulted in a treacherous commute, conditions have eased around the Tampa Bay area – at least until this afternoon.

A large mass of unsettled air in the Gulf of Mexico has created extra clouds, higher humidity, and will fuel above-average rain chances into the weekend, News Channel 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann said.

Showers have developed off the coast, and after a mostly cloudy day, the rain should stream through the Tampa Bay area this afternoon. Rain chances are 50 percent later today with highs in the low- to mid-80s, and some of those storms could be strong.

The rain will ease tonight, with lows in the mid- to upper-60s. Similar conditions will remain in effect through Saturday, with rain chances decreasing on Sunday and into next week.

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