Tampa Bay should enjoy clear skies and plenty of sunshine in the morning, but could see scattered showers and thunderstorms in the late afternoon and into the evening for the rest of the week, according to the National Weather Service.
Tuesday’s afternoon temperatures will reach 91 with a 40 percent chance of rain later in the day. Overnight temperatures will drop to the mid 70s with mostly clear skies and a slight chance of scattered showers.
The late afternoon and evening showers are due to an eastern flow that is pushing winds into the Gulf of Mexico. That air flow may be helping to provide a slight barrier for the Tampa Bay shoreline against the Red Tide that is plaguing areas to the south, including Manatee County.
Those winds, which originate in the east and sweep across the state, help drive waves and currents away from the shore. They could at least postpone the possible arrival of Red Tide on Pinellas County beaches, according to weather service meteorologist Tony Hurt.
"The logic behind it does make sense," Hurt said.
The easterly winds will last into the weekend and dissipate by early next week, Hurt said. That’s when a southwestern air flow will return, sweeping storms into Tampa Bay earlier in the day.
Skies will remain clear and sunny on Wednesday morning, with a 40 percent chance of rain by the late afternoon. Temperatures should rise to around 91 around lunchtime with partly cloudy skies throughout the day, forecasters said.
For the second half of the week, expect temperatures around the lower 90s, with a 30-40 percent chance of rain. Expect mostly sunny skies with a smattering of storms late into the day.