The Tampa Bay area’s recent run of abundant sunshine and clear skies will extend into the weekend, but it will come to a screeching halt when severe weather sweeps in on Sunday morning.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Sunday as a cold front moves through the region.
Slight risk of severe weather for the area on Sunday April 15: Strong to severe damaging gusty winds with thunderstormsPeriods of heavy rain that may cause minor street floodingFrequent deadly lightningAn isolated tornado possible #flwx pic.twitter.com/TvSym5TDgI— NWS Tampa Bay (@NWSTampaBay) April 13, 2018
Residents can expect an easy commute with dry, pleasant conditions and temperatures around 70. By the afternoon, the sunshine will bolster temperatures into the upper 80s with mostly sunny skies and dry gusts of wind, forecasters said.
Tonight, temperatures will drop back down to around 69. Overnight, a cold front over the Gulf of Mexico will drive moisture across the west coast and could generate fog in the Nature Coast by Saturday morning.
Saturday will be another hot day, with temperatures around 88 but possibly eclipsing 90 in some areas. That heat will be fueled by higher humidity ahead of Sunday’s storms.
The weather service issued a severe weather alert for Sunday morning, predicting numerous thunderstorms and showers across the region — primarily in the afternoon into the evening.
It is forecast to bring strong and severely damaging wind gusts along with thunderstorms, periods of heavy rain that could produce localized street flooding, frequent lightning, and possible isolated tornadoes.
The cold front should push past Tampa Bay by Sunday night, resulting in a cooler start of the with highs barely climbing past 70 on Monday, forecasters said.