Friday, August 17, 2018
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Hot, dry air across Tampa Bay will give way to increased rain chances this weekend

Plenty of sunshine will warm up the Tampa Bay area throughout the rest of this week, with a low chance of scattered showers popping up late in the evenings. Over the weekend, the chance of rain will increase slightly as more moisture moves into the area, according to the National Weather Service.

Expect clear skies on Wednesday and temperatures in the low 90s by lunchtime, forecasters said, with just a 30-40 percent chance of scattered showers or thunderstorms starting in the last afternoon. Those storms will dissipate rather quickly overnight.

This pattern will extend into Thursday and Friday, and the chance of rain will drop to around 30 percent with many of those storms slated for the evening.

EXTENDED FORECAST: The 10-day outlook for the Tampa Bay area

Over the weekend, rain chances climb to 50 percent as increased moisture moves in. Temperatures will still reach into the lower 90s.

An easterly flow should continue through the weekend, pushing storms brewing off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico further west. Some forecasters have guessed that the easterly flow has helped to protect the Pinellas coastline from red tide since the air flow is pushing waves out into the gulf instead of pulling it ashore.

Winds will shift from the Gulf of Mexico by the beginning of next week, forecasters said, while red tide seems to be creeping its way up to the Tampa Bay coastline to what could be a repeat of the 2005 outbreak.

Next week, the area of moisture should moderate, leaving the Tampa Bay area with a hot, humid summer week with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

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