The hurricane season’s third tropical depression will move north into the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico this week, bringing higher rain chances to the Tampa Bay area, forecasters say.
Tropical Depression 3 formed Monday afternoon in the Bay of Campeche in the southwestern Gulf. The system has already brought deadly flooding to parts of Guatemala and El Salvador and is expected to bring heavy to Honduras and parts of Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical storm conditions are expected along Mexico’s coast.
Forecasters expect the system to begin moving north across the Gulf later this week but said it’s too soon to know the location and timing of any effects on the U.S. Gulf coast.
The system will be nearly stationary for the next few days and won’t have a direct impact on Tampa Bay’s weather during that time, but it will help spread more moisture into our atmosphere during the next few days, according to Spectrum BayNews 9 meteorologist Julie Marquez. That means increased cloud cover and rain chances of 60 to 80 percent from Wednesday through the end of the week. High temperatures will be in the mid-80s.
Today will be partly sunny and breezy, and scattered showers and thunderstorms on the east coast this morning will move westward into our area this afternoon, Marquez said. The high temperatures today will be near 90.
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