TAMPA, Fla. — The heat will continue this weekend as Isaias passes to the east. It will result in lower rain chances this weekend.
With Hurricane Isaias approaching the SE Florida Coast today, we can expect quiet weather. It will be hot with temperatures in the mid 90s but when you factor in the summer humidity, it will feel much hotter.
Try to exercise in the morning or the evening. Be sure to drink plenty of water.
We continue to keep our focus on Hurricane Isaias for the East Coast of FLorida The latest trends continue to show a track very close to Florida’s east coast or perhaps just onshore. Hurricane warnings are in effect for portions of the east coast, mainly from Boca Raton to the Volusia/Brevard County Line.
Strong winds and heavy rain are all possible along the Interstate 95 corridor.
Hurricane Isaias will give us a northerly wind over Tampa Bay this weekend. This will bring in dry air and limit our rain chances on Saturday. We expect a 20 percent chance of showers today. Rain chances increase to 60 percent on Sunday as Isaias makes its closest pass to our east. The showers on Sunday may contain some gusty wind, especially in Polk County.
Gulf beaches will be nice this weekend with a decent amount of sunshine. Winds will be light on Saturday then breezy out of the north on Sunday. Winds on Sunday may exceed 20 mph and we will have a shower chance so today will be the better beach day.
Expect seas to be two feet or less on Saturday.
Model trends continue to show Hurricane Isaias dangerously close to Florida’s east coast. The center of Isaias could move just onshore over southeast Florida on Sunday. But, the trends in the models are keeping the center just offshore. And, with the hurricane be affected by southwest wind shear, the strongest winds are to the east of the center.
A track like this would bring drier air into the west side of the peninsula, with only a few passing gusty showers over the weekend.
We will continue to track this system with our Weather on the Nines.