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'Dry season' rainfall floods parts of west-central Florida Friday

A drier and warmer weather pattern will return to the Tampa Bay area on Sunday afternoon.
A drier and warmer weather pattern will return to the Tampa Bay area on Sunday afternoon.
National Weather Service

A rather unusual "dry season" heavy rainfall, caused by a stalled frontal boundary draped across the Florida Peninsula, flooded many parts of Tampa Bay and west-central Florida on Friday, May 2. While the precipitation on Saturday, May 3, was lighter in nature, rain showers lingered across the area through much of the afternoon.

At the four main reporting stations, 36-hour rainfall totals included 1.90” in Clearwater, 2.67” in St. Petersburg, 3.38” at MacDill Air Force Base, and 3.49” in Tampa. However, as this link provided by the Tampa Bay Area National Weather Service indicates, the storms inundated some parts of the Tampa Bay area with 6” to 10” of rain.

The heavy rainfall produced significant flooding across many areas in west-central Florida, including the University of South Florida campus on the north side of Tampa, and left vehicles stranded along South Dale Mabry Hwy. in southern areas of the city.

Drier and warmer weather pattern ahead for the next week

After the remaining showers move south of Tampa Bay through the late evening hours on Saturday, all of west-central Florida can expect an almost entirely rain free week through next Saturday. While isolated thunderstorms cannot be ruled out in areas east of Interstate 75 as humidity levels creep up toward the end of the forecast, precipitation coverage for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday should remain at or under 10 percent.

Skies for the period Sunday through Saturday will range from mostly sunny to partly cloudy. Morning lows will range from 62 to 68 degrees on Sunday through Tuesday mornings, and between 65 and 72 degrees for Wednesday through Saturday mornings. Afternoon highs will range from 80 to 85 on Sunday, and warm to between 85 and 92 degrees for Monday through Saturday.

Links to more local weather information

For further forecast details in areas around Tampa Bay and the rest of west-central Florida, please visit the local National Weather Service website, the Storm Team 8 Facebook page, and Meteorologist Denis Phillips Facebook page.

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