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Moms deserve better: Strong chance of rain Sunday for Mother’s Day

There’s a 50 percent chance of rain on Sunday, which will also be the last bit of cool weather Tampa Bay sees for a while.
The weekly look-ahead forecast from Spectrum Bay News 9.
The weekly look-ahead forecast from Spectrum Bay News 9. [ Spectrum Bay News 9 ]
Published May 8, 2020

This cool, glorious weather is set to end at just about the worst time this month: Mother’s Day.

There is a 50 percent chance of rain on Sunday, said Spectrum Bay News 9 Chief Meteorologist Mike Clay.

The good news is, it’ll still be cool thanks to cloudy skies. The bad news, of course, is that it will likely rain during the first celebratory day on the calendar since the statewide pandemic shutdown was eased.

Folks who have started venturing back out into a world of open beaches, parks, malls and restaurants (while still practicing social distancing, of course) should bring an umbrella or rain jacket along with their masks.

It all depends on where a weak front rolling in Saturday over the Interstate 4 corridor will stall, Clay said, while a “blob” of tropical moisture arrives from the Gulf of Mexico.

South of I-4, the heaviest downpours will likely be seen in Southwest Florida. The region north of I-4 will see lighter rains.

“Tampa Bay is in the middle,” Clay said.

Saturday will see the cooling off starting to, well, cool off. Highs will be in the low to mid 80s with a 20 percent chance of rain.

Sunday will be the last respite from the heat. May’s typically dry, hot weather is set to return Monday and continue through next week.


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