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Heavy rains forecast for Tampa Bay area all week

That umbrella is going to be your new best friend this week.

Saturday evening's heavy downpours that brought record rainfall totals and street flooding were just the beginning of a stretch of stormy weather expected to continue throughout the Tampa Bay area until at least Thursday, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker.

Forecasters recorded a June 1 record of 3.5 inches of rain at Tampa International Airport on Saturday, and between 2 and 5 inches in parts of Pasco and Manatee counties.

After Saturday night's strong storms, only scattered showers and thunderstorms fell around the Tampa Bay area on Sunday evening.

But it's going to get worse.

Linker said rain chances will waver between 50 and 60 percent until Tuesday, when an area of disturbed weather currently hovering near Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula will move in and push the probability of precipitation to 70 percent.

"Sometimes this kind of thing early in June takes people by surprise," Linker said, "but this is typical summertime weather and it's what we're in for, for the next couple of months."

This week's temperatures will remain within normal range for this time of year, with highs in the 80s and lows in the 70s.

Boaters and beachgoers are warned to pay attention to the weather. Last week, a Brandon woman visiting Belleair Beach was apparently struck by lightning and killed in a quickly developing afternoon storm.

"As you see the skies begin to look threatening," Linker said, "that's when you need to consider seeking shelter."

Heavy rains forecast for Tampa Bay area all week 06/02/13 [Last modified: Sunday, June 2, 2013 9:58pm]
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