Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tampa Bay Weather

Heavy rain, strong winds moving through parts of Tampa Bay area

Storms carrying heavy rain and strong winds were moving through parts of the Tampa Bay area Wednesday afternoon.

In true Florida fashion, today's forecast called for a high of 90 degrees and afternoon thunderstorms with gusty winds.

The storms started popping up in the mid-afternoon.

"This is all happening ahead of a cold front," Bay News 9 Meteorologist Juli Marquez said.

Today's 60 percent chance of rain means that front will likely end our two-day sunny streak, and the chance of thunderstorms will be even higher at 70 percent Thursday.

But as the front moves through Thursday night, it will make room for a beautiful weekend.

High temperatures Thursday will be slightly cooler, in the mid-to-high 80s, and overnight lows will dip into the mid-60s. Friday's rain chance is much lower, as are predicted highs, and the sun will make an appearance.

The good news, Marquez said, is that if we can just hold out until Saturday we'll be in for a real treat.

"For the weekend, it's expected to be cooler, less humid, a really sunny, nice weekend to look forward to.

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