After days of above average coverage of rain and thunderstorms across Tampa Bay, Wednesday began to show indications of the drying trend on its way to the area. Neither St. Petersburg nor Clearwater received any precipitation, and the main reporting stations in Hillsborough recorded 0.15” of precipitation or less through the day. Highs climbed into the upper 80s, but with the very high humidity in place, heat index values climbed to between 97 and 104 degrees.
By a “drying trend”, forecasters are not calling for a complete absence clouds or rain. The predictions simply point to a return to average conditions across Tampa Bay is just simply a transition to what should be expected across Tampa Bay through the very end of summer and beginning of fall.
Forecast for Thursday and Friday
The forecast for Thursday and Friday in Tampa Bay calls for partly cloudy to partly sunny skies, with the threat of precipitation averaging around 40% both afternoons. After morning lows of 75 to 82, high temperatures will climb to between 88 and 98 degrees. The very high humidity will allow heat index readings to approach or possibly even exceed 105 degrees both days.
Outlook for Labor Day weekend through Wednesday
The forecast for Saturday through Wednesday in Tampa Bay calls for partly cloudy skies, with a projected thunderstorm coverage of around 30% through the period. After morning lows of 75 to 82 degrees, afternoon high temperatures will rise to between 88 and 95 degrees. Heat index values may again approach 100 to 105 degrees in a few locations. For further forecast updates, visit the local National Weather Service website, the Storm Team 8 Facebook page, or Meteorologist Denis Phillips Facebook page.
Tropics still rather active
As of 8 p.m., Tropical Storm Isaac was located about 30 miles south of Baton Rouge, or 60 miles west of New Orleans with 60 mile per hour winds. Isolated rainfall amounts of 25 inches are possible along Isaac’s path. Tropical Storm Kirk had developed with 50 mile per hour winds. Kirk will only be a fish storm though.
However, there is an area of disturbed weather about halfway between the African Coastline and the Leeward Islands that the National Hurricane Center has assigned a 70% chance development as it moves generally westward at 15 to 20 miles per hour. Whether or not this yet to be named system could affect Florida next week is still an unknown, but there is plenty of time to prepare should the need arise. For more detailed information on the tropics, visit the National Hurricane Center website.