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Tampa weather forecast has heat giving way to higher rain chances by Tuesday

ST. PETERSBURG — A little relief from the recent sweltering days and sticky nights is on the way, meteorologists said Sunday.

A hot and muggy Monday should give way to a more tolerable Tuesday, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker.

"After (Sunday), just one more hot day, then we can expect a pattern change finally cooling us a bit by Tuesday. The pattern change will also bring us higher rain chances," Linker said.

The reason? A high-pressure system that has been hovering over the Tampa Bay area and keeping showers away for several days is forecast to move on, dropping temperatures by a few degrees and bringing some much-needed rain.

Highs Tuesday should drop to about 91. Lows Tuesday night are forecast to be in the upper 70s, closer to average temperatures for this time of year, said Linker's colleague, meteorologist Brian McClure.

"The humidity doesn't fluctuate much day to day until early September, unfortunately, but 95 (degrees) compared to 91 can make a big difference in the summer," McClure said.

A 40 percent chance of rain is forecast beginning Tuesday and going into next weekend. That means a return of afternoon storms typical this time of year.

"That doesn't mean that everybody will see rain every day," McClure said. "But at the very least, when you start getting those scattered storms back, that tends to cool the atmosphere in the afternoon."

Despite the weekend's oppressive heat that came with heat advisories and feels-like temperatures hovering near 110 degrees, the area didn't break any records, McClure said.

Sunday's high was 95; the record, set in 1998, was 98.

Rita Farlow can be reached at farlow@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.

Tampa weather forecast has heat giving way to higher rain chances by Tuesday 06/21/09 [Last modified: Sunday, June 21, 2009 7:50pm]
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