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Everything has changed, except July weather: Expect rain, highs in the 90s this weekend

Friday was a preview of this weekend, which will see afternoon and evening thunderstorms, meteorologists say.

While 2020 has been a year of change and turmoil, one thing is staying consistent: Afternoon thunderstorms in July.

It rained every afternoon the past week in the Tampa Bay region and even got nasty at times. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of over 40 miles per hour in St. Petersburg on Friday. The weekend will see more of the same, according to Spectrum Bay News 9 Meteorologist Mike Clay.

“This time of the year is pretty much the heart of our rainy season,” Clay said Friday. “The atmosphere is moistening up as we head into the weekend so we’re going to see more and more coverage from these showers and thunderstorms.”

Clay said there is a 60 percent chance of rain for Saturday and Sunday to go along with highs in the low 90s.

The thunderstorms are most likely to come in the afternoon and early evening on Saturday and Sunday, Clay said. There will be a 50 or 60 percent chance each day next week, too.

The highs for Saturday and Sunday are both 93 in Tampa, which is slightly above the city’s average high of 90 for July.