Apart from the usual warm and muggy temperatures of late, Tampa Bay area residents have a better-than-average chance of escaping foul weather when it comes time to set off those Fourth of July fireworks.
Meteorologists are not predicting a complete reprieve, however.
As of midday, Bay News 9 is forecasting temperatures to drop into the low to mid-80s. Winds out of the southwest later Friday afternoon or evening could push showers and thunderstorms onto the coast, said meteorologist Juli Marquez. Consequently, Bay News 9 is predicting rain chances of 20 to 30 percent by evening.
There are no residual effects here of Hurricane Arthur, which is off the coast of Maryland and possibly heading toward Canada.