Forecast: Variable clouds, few stray showers this evening

4:13 PM, Sep 20, 2012   |    comments
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Extensive cloud cover throughout the day has helped to limit afternoon thunderstorms and this trend will continue through the evening.  We do expect a few showers moving onshore from the Gulf, with an isolated chance of a thunderstorm.  Winds will be light from the northeast with temps in the low 80's and variable clouds for your Thursday evening.

On Friday, there will be plenty of mid-level moisture over the area as a upper level trough remains to our west.  Overall we will see more clouds than sun, but the areas that do see ample sunshine will have a good chance of thunderstorm development.

The trough axis finally begins to move eastward on Saturday with some drier air moving in from the northwest. Tampa Bay and points south will have a 40% chance of storms on Saturday, with a 20% chance for the Nature Coast.

Tonight  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. Light east northeast wind. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming northeast between 2 - 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Light northeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming west northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night  Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. North wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. North northeast wind around 7 mph.

Sunday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. East northeast wind 5 to 7 mph.

Monday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Northeast wind 7 to 9 mph.

Tuesday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Wednesday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90.

Marine Forecast     Seas: 1 -2 feet  Winds:  NE 2 - 8 Bays: Light Chop  Surf Temp: 83 degrees