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Thursday's warm weather will last through the weekend

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Skies ranged from mostly sunny to partly cloudy across west-central Florida through the day on Wednesday. Highs across the area topped out in the 87 to 92 range. However, humidity remained rather low, which kept heat index values close to the actual air temperatures. Also, the lower levels of moisture inhibited any precipitation development in and around Tampa Bay.

Skies will remain mostly sunny to partly cloudy through the weekend around Tampa Bay. However, as the humidity levels continue to creep up, the threat of isolated to scattered thunderstorms will return to the forecast by Saturday. Even then, most of the precipitation will stay confined to areas along and east of Interstate 75.

The forecast for the next seven days in Tampa Bay

Over the next seven days, skies will range from mostly sunny to partly cloudy across west-central Florida. Precipitation coverage will stay at or below 10 percent on Thursday and Friday, rise to around 20 percent for Saturday and Sunday, and range from 20 percent to 30 percent for Monday through Wednesday. In terms of temperatures, lows will range from 67 to 73 degrees through the period, with highs climbing to between 85 and 92 degrees every afternoon.

Links to more local weather information

For further Tampa Bay and west-central weather forecast information, please visit the local National Weather Service website, the Storm Team 8 Facebook page, and Meteorologist Denis Phillips Facebook page.