Morning storms blow through Tampa Bay; more likely later today

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on July 15, 2014 

From Bay News 9:

Showers and storms passed through parts of west-central Florida on Tuesday morning, and more are coming.

In fact, the rain chance will be elevated over the next three days. The Bay News 9 weather team puts the probability at 50 percent today, 70 percent tomorrow and 60 percent Thursday.

Pinellas, Hillsborough and Citrus counties all had showers start before the morning commute today. Between 9 a.m. and lunchtime, heavy rain came off the Gulf of Mexico and rolled in from the Gulf of Mexico and moved across Pinellas County into Hillsborough.

"We have an onshore wind starting to develop, and that leads to the gulf moisture coming across Tampa Bay with showers and thunderstorms," Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez said. "Some of them could be pretty heavy, and those chances will continue this afternoon."

High pressure has moved south and a cold front is dropping down from the southeastern United States, but all that really means for the Bay area is that some extra rain is coming.

"We won't really get the cooler air, but we'll see a lot of moisture and some showers and heavy storms expected for us on Wednesday," Marquez said.

High temperatures will be in the upper 80s near the coast and low 90s further inland for the next few days. A more typical summer pattern, featuring highs in the low 90s and afternoon and evening storms, will return later in the week.

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