Forecast: Afternoon showers to provide slight heat reprieve across Tampa Bay

Seven-day forecast on Thursday, Oct. 04, 2018 for the Tampa Bay area.
Seven-day forecast on Thursday, Oct. 04, 2018 for the Tampa Bay area.
Published Oct. 4, 2018

The heat will last through the weekend, but afternoon showers could provide a bit of a reprieve across Tampa Bay this weekend.

Thursday's highs are expected to rise into the low 90s with partly cloudy skies throughout much of the day, according to the National Weather Service. After lunch time, scattered showers and thunderstorms may begin to roll into Tampa Bay and last into the evening. But they should dry up overnight, with lows falling into the mid 70s.

Most of Friday's forecast will appear similar to Thursday, with temperatures settling around 91. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to sweep through the area in the late afternoon.

There should be few changes over the weekend, with hot afternoons followed by pop-up thunderstorms in the evening. Next week should be even wetter as storms from the Bahamas continue to march north, forecasters said.

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center is watching a broad area of low pressure in the Caribbean that currently is a set of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Forecasters give it a 30 percent chance of strengthening to a tropical cyclone, and it is expected to move to the west-northwest into the south to central Gulf next week. Forecasters say it is too early to tell how that system could impact Tampa Bay.


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