While the weather around Tampa Bay this work week has started off unseasonably warm, local residents and vacationers should prepare for cooler and wetter conditions by the weekend. Though Tuesday’s will provide the area with one more partly cloudy and warm day, showers and thunderstorms are expected by Wednesday ahead of a frontal boundary approaching west-central Florida.
Precipitation chances will remain elevated through Saturday as the front lingers across west-central Florida before a stronger push of colder air forces the frontal boundary through the state. By Saturday and Sunday, temperatures will drop to levels well-below normal, and freezes cannot be ruled out over northern and inland areas by Sunday morning.
Tuesday’s forecast for Tampa Bay
The weather forecast for the Tampa Bay area on Tuesday calls for patchy morning fog, which will be followed by partly cloudy to partly sunny skies by mid-afternoon. Morning lows will range from 60 to 68 degrees, with afternoon highs climbing to between 78 and 85 degrees.
Wetter weather for Wednesday through Saturday
The greatest threat for precipitation around Tampa Bay this week will fall on Wednesday. However, shower chances will last into Saturday as the frontal boundary approaches, lingers, and eventually pushes through the area. Rain coverage will average around 50 percent on Wednesday, and range from 30 to 40 percent for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Morning lows will range from 62 to 70 degrees on Wednesday morning, 52 to 60 degrees Thursday morning, and 48 to 55 degrees for Friday and Saturday mornings. Afternoon highs will climb to between 75 and 82 degrees on Wednesday, 68 to 75 degrees on Thursday and Friday, and 65 to 72 degrees on Saturday. Expect partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies through the period.
Drier but colder for Sunday and Monday
As the cold front finally pushes through the area on Saturday night, skies will clear and much cooler temperatures should move into west-central Florida for Sunday and Monday. Morning lows will drop to between 38 and 50 degrees. Highs will range from 62 to 70 degrees on Sunday, and from 68 to 75 degrees on Monday under partly cloudy skies.
Links to additional weather details
To find further forecast details for Tampa Bay and the rest of west-central Florida, please visit the website for the local National Weather Service, the Facebook page for Storm Team 8, and the Facebook page for Meteorologist Denis Phillips.