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Strong storms strike Tampa Bay Monday bringing beneficial rains

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Strong storms struck the Tampa Bay area on Monday. While some of the thunderstorms produced strong winds, one welcoming aspect of the unsettled weather was the welcome rainfall, which provided much-needed moisture in the heart of the dry season.

The storms brought beneficial rains to all parts of west-Central Florida. Rainfall totals across the area included 1.10 inches in Tampa, 1.25 inches in Clearwater, 2.26 inches in St. Petersburg, and 2.28 inches at MacDill Air Force Base (AFB).

Behind the front, cooler and drier air moved into west-central Florida on Tuesday. Despite almost full sunshine, highs were limited to 70 degrees in Clearwater and St. Petersburg, and 71 degrees at Tampa and MacDill AFB. With the cooler and clearer conditions, morning temperatures on Wednesday will start off 10 to 15 degrees lower than those experienced Tuesday morning.

Forecast for west-central Florida Wednesday through Sunday

The forecast for Tampa Bay and the rest of west-central Florida for the period Wednesday through Sunday calls for mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies. Rain coverage for Wednesday through Saturday will remain under 10 percent, but will rise slightly to around 20 percent on Sunday.

Morning lows will range from 55 to 62 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, and from 60 to 68 degrees for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Highs each afternoon will range from 75 to 82 degrees.

Links to more weather information

For further forecast details for 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.