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Forecast: No relief from afternoon heat and thunderstorms across Tampa Bay

Seven-day forecast on Thursday, July 5, 2018 for the Tampa Bay area.
Published Jul. 5, 2018

Tampa Bay residents can expect a repeat of Wednesday's thunderstorms, which forced cancellation of fireworks shows in St. Petersburg and Gulfport.

The thunderstorms will begin to pop up around inland Tampa Bay around 2 p.m. and spread west into the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Folks heading to work Thursday morning will find temperatures in the mid 70s with a few blankets of fog around the I-4 corridor. But temperatures will rise back into the 90s by the afternoon with feels-like temperatures around 100, forecasters said.

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

A consistent high of 90s is expected through the rest of the week with a persistent chance of afternoon thunderstorms stemming from the Gulf of Mexico.

Meanwhile, in the Caribbean Sea, a low-pressure system has a 70 percent chance of forming into a tropical system in the next two days. The system is heading north to northwest toward Florida, but the National Hurricane Center predicts winds will become unfavorable over the next five days and dissipate the storm.

Except for some showers and storms over the Gulf, well to west of Cedar Key, radars are fairly quiet in these pre-dawn hours. Expect the weather to remain generally dry through midday, before our next round of storms develop this afternoon through early this evening. #flwx


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