It’s looking to be a fairly muggy morning with partly cloudy skies as Hillsborough County students head back to school today.
The National Weather Service reports an area of high pressure holding over the Gulf of Mexico as a strong influence over the weekend’s weather, setting up low-level northwest winds through Saturday.
Plenty of moisture across northern waters will allow some isolated and scattered showers and thunderstorms to develop early in morning, moving onshore around the bay area and northward toward the afternoon.
Morning rain chances will be low, around 20 percent, then jump to 40 percent by the early afternoon before settling back down to 20 percent later in the day, forecasters said.
More showers should develop over inland areas, moving east-southeast away from the Gulf Coast. Most of that rain will move toward east coast by late afternoon and early evening.
Saturday and Sunday could be a little wetter. Unlike today, where a majority of the rain will end near west coast by late afternoon, we’ll continue to see isolated and scattered showers with a few thunderstorms around Tampa Bay and northward throughout the day.
Forecasts from the National Weather Service show deeper moisture moving in from northern coastal waters as we head into Saturday. That moisture is expected to move east southeast over the Tampa Bay area throughout the day, setting up a 40 percent chance of rain for Saturday. Sunday that chance jumps to 50 percent.
Highs throughout the weekend are expected to remain in the upper 80s to low 90s, with overnight lows in the 70s.
A westerly flow pattern continues during the weekend, with coastal showers and storms in the mornings that shift inland late mornings and early afternoons with increasing coverage. Find the forecast for your location at: https://t.co/SwpP1947tt pic.twitter.com/YQOJfh54dd— NWS Tampa Bay (@NWSTampaBay) August 10, 2018
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