The second half of the week will continue Tampa Bay’s slow trek through the dog days of summer with afternoon heat indexes surpassing 100 degrees.
Expect a hot and humid Wednesday as highs reach 92, with high humidity making it feel more like 100-105, according to the National Weather Service.
Chances for afternoon showers and thunderstorms are around 30-40 percent as the sea breeze pushes in from the Gulf. Many of these storms will arrive in the late afternoon and remain around the area well into the evening.
As the storms begin to dry overnight, muggy lows will only drop into the mid 70s.
Expect partly cloudy skies Thursday morning and a chance for slow-moving scattered showers and thunderstorms that forecasters warn could provide locally heavy flooding, gusty winds and dangerous frequent lightning.
A small area of low pressure will move from the Florida Keys toward Mexico and a moist air mass will move across Tampa Bay, raising the chance of rain this weekend, forecasters said. Expect temperatures to remain in the low 90s.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Chris has advanced quickly as it moves northeast toward Canada. Some drier air from that system will push south and curb the remnants of Beryl as it passes the Bahamas, forecasters said.