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Forecast: Fourth of July storms could ease in time for Tampa Bay fireworks

As has been the case this week, and surely throughout the summer those familiar afternoon showers and occasional powerful thunderstorms once again could drench areas of Tampa Bay on the Fourth of July.

Whether they spoil the region's fireworks plans, though, could be a race against the clock.

A large area of moisture in the Atlantic, just off the Florida coast, will slowly shift west and produce scattered showers and thunderstorms across the state as it makes its way toward Tampa Bay, according to the National Weather Service.

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These showers could produce locally heavy rain and lightning starting early in the afternoon and intensify west of Interstate 75 later in the day, forecasters said.

They will ease heading into the evening, which could mean wet grass but no rain in time for the many fireworks shows across the region, forecasters said.

Highs will approach 90 under partly cloudy skies and a 60 percent chance of rain.

Rain chances will ease heading toward the weekend, forecasters said.


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