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'Mostly pleasant' weather as the Tampa Bay area heads into the weekend

Forecaster with the National Weather Service are predicting "mostly pleasant weather conditions across Florida" as we head into the weekend.

That, forecasters said, is thanks to a system of high pressure holding over the southeastern U.S. Most of the area will see rain-free conditions, but there's still a chance for some late-afternoon storms popping up. Chances are higher along the Interstate 4 corridor and areas south.

Rain chances Friday will peak on the low side of 40 percent, carrying through to about 20 and 30 percent for Saturday and Sunday.

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

Pleasant doesn't mean cool just yet. Highs will continue to hover around 90 degrees, but aren't expected to reach the record-breaking levels of recent days.

Across the Gulf of Mexico and into the Caribbean Sea, the National Hurricane Center is watching a developing system that could form into a tropical depression over the southern Gulf. The system is currently battering Central America and the Yucatan peninsula with heavy rains and could reach the Gulf later this weekend or early next week. Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center give the disturbance a 20 percent chance of forming into a depression over the next 48 hours, but that chance increases to 60 percent over the next five days.

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Contact Daniel Figueroa IV at dfigueroa@tampabay.com Follow @danuscripts.

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