With the exception of MacDill Air Force Base (AFB), none of the major reporting stations recorded any significant precipitation on Wednesday. Most of the rain remained over the favored areas east of Interstate 75 and north of Interstate 4. Under partly cloudy to partly sunny skies, highs around Tampa Bay ranged from 92 to 94 degrees on Wednesday. MacDill AFB picked up 0.40” of rain during a thunderstorm between 7 and 8 p.m., so even there almost all of the daylight hours remained rain-free.
One more drier than average day on Thursday
Thursday’s weather will likely be similar to what west-central Florida experienced on Wednesday. Precipitation coverage close to the coast will average around 20 percent, with the favored summertime rain areas getting closer to 50 percent coverage. By Friday, coastal precipitation coverage increases to 40 percent, with inland areas climbing to around 60 percent. For Saturday through Tuesday, expect precipitation coverage to range from 50 to 70 percent across west-central Florida.
Temperatures will cool as the cloud and rain coverage increase
Under mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies, highs will climb to between 90 and 95 degrees on Thursday. However, as the coverage of clouds and precipitation begins to increase, afternoon highs will start to decrease. Highs on Friday will rise to between 87 and 93 degrees under partly cloudy to partly sunny skies, and remain between 85 and 90 degrees under partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies for Saturday through Tuesday. Lows every morning will range from 72 to 80 degrees.
Links to additional local weather information
To access link that provide details regarding additional weather forecast weather information for Tampa Bay and the rest of west-central Florida, please visit the website for the local National Weather Service, the Storm Team 8 Facebook page, and Meteorologist Denis Phillips Facebook page.
A quick check on the tropics
An area of disturbed weather has formed just north of the Bahamas, and will likely spread unsettled weather conditions into the southern half of the Florida Peninsula through the weekend. However, atmospheric conditions do not appear conducive or organization, so the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has only assigned this area a 10 to 20 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next two to five days.
Further out in the Atlantic, the NHC is monitoring another area west of the Cape Verde Areas that is moving into an area more favorable for strengthening in the coming days. At this time, the NHC gives this area a 40 percent chance of tropical cyclone development within 48 hours, and a 70 percent chance of tropical cyclone development within the next five days as the system moves west-northwestward over the open Atlantic Ocean.
For more information from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) regarding the potential of any tropical cyclone development anywhere across the Atlantic Basin, please visit the NHC website.