ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Here's your Tampa area weather forecast for late Friday into Saturday morning, along with a preview of conditions next week.

  • Onshore breeze
  • Very muggy 
  • Higher rain chance Sunday

We’re seeing much quieter conditions due to slightly drier air that moved into our atmosphere on the western side of Florence.

That won’t cut off our rain chance, but it will reduce the number of storms we see. Expect mostly clear skies and only an isolated chance of a thunderstorm overnight into early Saturday morning.

Lows will not drop much due to an onshore breeze from the warm Gulf of Mexico. Expect lows in the low 80s at the beach, upper 70s in coastal areas, and mid 70s inland.

Saturday will start with partly cloudy skies. A few isolated showers will come in from the gulf during the first half of the day due to an onshore breeze.

They will all have an eastward movement though, so most of them will end up moving to the other side of the state by the late afternoon to evening. The coverage of storms will only be at about 20 percent.

Highs will be near 90 in coastal areas, but low to mid 90s inland.

Saturday night will be partly cloudy to mostly clear with lows in the upper 70s to low 80s.

Sunday will feature an increase in atmospheric moisture, so therefore expect more scattered storms to come in from the gulf and move eastward across the area.

The rain chance will be back up to 40 percent. Highs will be in the low 90s.

Atmospheric moisture will continue to increase next week, so it looks likely we’ll have scattered storms in the forecast Monday through Wednesday at about a 40 percent coverage each day. Most of the storms each of those days will start in coastal areas first and slowly propagate inland as the day goes along.

Highs will be in the low 90s each of those days.

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