While most of the shower and thunderstorm activity has remained over inland areas so far this week as west-central Florida enjoyed a summer-like weather pattern, the threat of storms will grow greater for Friday and Saturday over all areas. Even though at this time no widespread severe weather is expected; gusty winds, heavy rainfall, and deadly cloud-to-ground lightning is possible with any and all of these storms.
Why this rainfall is beneficial for west-central Florida
The Tampa Bay Area National Weather Service anticipates the coverage of precipitation to average between 60 percent and 70 percent for both Friday and Saturday. This will help provide more dry-season rainfall, and further reduce the threats of wildfires before the area's “wet” season, which lasts from June 1 to September 30. On average, rainfall amounts in these four months bring about two-thirds of the annual precipitation to areas in and around Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay forecast for Friday through Sunday
For Friday and Saturday, expect mostly cloudy skies, with rainfall coverage averaging between 60 percent and 70 percent. Morning lows will range from 67 to 73 degrees , with daytime highs ranging from 77 to 83 degrees. However, the weekend will not be a total wash out, as sunny and drier weather is expected to return for Sunday, with highs topping out between 80 and 85 degrees.
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