ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Here's your Tampa area weather forecast for late Friday into Saturday, along with an update on the weather poised to drench our area this weekend.

  • Monitoring the tropics
  • Higher rain chances in general
  • Tropical disturbance near the Yucatan Peninsula

Skies will be partly cloudy overnight into early Saturday morning. Lows will be in the low to mid 70s.

Sub-tropical storm Alberto will stay to our west this weekend, but there will still be an increase in clouds and rain chances for our local area.

It will start with mostly cloudy skies for Saturday and rain showers developing from the south as the day goes along. Some areas will actually stay dry most of the day, especially in northern counties, while some areas will be getting rain by the afternoon.

Highs will be in the low to mid 80s. Winds will get a little breezy at the coast by the evening.

Showers will increase in coverage overnight Saturday into Sunday morning, with Sunday expected to be the wettest day of the weekend. Alberto will be passing by to our west in the gulf that day, so expect multiple intervals of heavy rain bands with a breezy southeast wind.

The winds will be breeziest at the coast, but not too bad since the storm will stay well offshore.

However, boating and swimming are not recommended in the gulf Sunday due to rough seas and rip currents.

Highs on Sunday will be held down in the upper 70s to low 80s.

The rains will decrease in coverage Sunday night with lows in the low to mid 70s.

Monday will feature showers and storms in the area, but not as persistent of coverage due to Alberto pulling farther away from our region.

Instead, expect more of a on-and-off scattered showers and storms pattern, with partly sunny skies in between. Highs will be in the mid 80s.

Alberto will move far away from us on Tuesday as it moves up into the north central Gulf region.

Although we won’t see persistent rains at that point, we’ll still see a lot of moisture left behind by the storm, resulting in scattered showers and storms Tuesday and Wednesday. In between the scattered storms will be partly sunny skies and highs in the mid to upper 80s.

Finally, by the end of the week is when drier air will move into our atmosphere, resulting in much lower rain chances and a return of more sunshine and hotter temperatures.

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