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Unsettled Weather Pattern For The Week Ahead

TAMPA, Fla. — A pattern favorable for high rain chances will remain in place for much of the week ahead. 

What You Need To Know

  • Hurricane Sallystrengthening in the northern Gulf
  • High rain chances for our area
  • Hazardous beach and boating conditions 
  • Get the 7-Day Forecast

Hurricane Sally is strengthening over the northern Gulf of Mexico, and it is moving very slowly. Winds around Sally are pulling a lot of tropical moisture over our area, and this will keep rain chances elevated for a few days. 

Our day-to-day weather will not differ much to that of a typical summer day. This is because a southeast wind is in place and it favors afternoon showers and storms developing inland then moving toward the coast. 

Therefore, mornings around here will be on the drier side, although a few passing showers can’t be ruled out. The majority of the storms will be during the afternoon and evening time frame. Some of these storms can last into the overnight hours too. 

The sunshine has been MIA for many spots recently, especially if you’re living along the Gulf Coast, where overcast skies have been locked in place. Moving forward, there will be more peaks of sunshine in between the showers and storms. 

Temperatures will be running in the mid-to-upper 80s for the most part this week. This is because of the moisture in place plus the added cloud cover. Overnight temperatures won’t cool much with lows in the upper 70s. 

Boating and Beach Forecast

Boating conditions will remain hazardous into Tuesday. 

Hurricane Sally will be located over the northern Gulf of Mexico and we will still have higher swells moving onshore. 

Expect seas 2-5 feet for the outer waters and 1-3 feet for the inlet waters with a light to moderate chop. 

Winds will be out of the southeast at 10-15 knots. 

Watch for gusty showers and storms to roll through, especially later in the day. These storms will develop inland then move offshore. 

At the beaches, expect more clouds than sun. Showers and thunderstorms will ramp up druing the afternoon as they make their way to the coast. 

Tropical Update

It is the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, and there are several systems to watch.

As of late Monday afternoon, there are five named tropical cyclones in the Atlantic basin. This is only the second time in recorded history to have 5 named storms from tropical depression or stronger in the Atlantic. The last time was September 1971.

The most recent named storm was Tropical Storm Vicky, located over the far eastern Atlantic. 

There is only one more name on the 2020 Hurricane Season list– Wilfred. Should we go beyond Wilfred, then the Greek alphabet will be used to name storms in the Atlantic. It has happened one time before during the 2005 hurricane season. 

The letters Q, U, X, Y and Z are not used to name storms in the Atlantic Basin. The reason has to do with the lack of names beginning with those letters. The World Meteorological Organization is responsible for the naming convention of tropical cyclones in the Atlantic. 

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