The Tampa Bay Area National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for its entire forecast area on Tuesday. This type of advisory is broadcast when low relative humidity values and gusty winds combine to aid the spread of wildfires. During the afternoon on Tuesday, humidity values dropped to around 25% in some places, while winds repeatedly gusted to over 15 miles per hour. The National Weather Service has already issued a Fire Weather Watch for Wednesday due to the expected continuation of low humidity. However, the recent rainfall from last weekend’s storm system, from which every location received at least an inch of rainfall around Tampa Bay, should help to reduce the threat of wildfires in the short term. Nevertheless, area residents should continue to use caution when participating in any outdoor activities that involve the use of fire.
Warming trend starts Wednesday
Wednesday morning will be another cool morning for Tampa Bay, as lows drop to between 45 and 60 degrees across the area. However, by the afternoon, temperatures will climb into the 75 to 82 degree range under mostly sunny skies. This warming trend will continue into Thursday and Friday. Lows on Thursday will range from 55 to 65 degrees, and then warm to between 62 and 70 degrees for Friday morning. Highs both afternoons will range from 80 to 90 degrees under mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies.
Spotty showers by the weekend
Increasing humidity levels towards the end of the week will enable the development of spotty showers and thunderstorms by this coming weekend. Overall precipitation coverage will remain limited to around 20%, but it seems likely a few parts of Tampa Bay will see a bit of rain either Saturday or Sunday. Outside of the widely scattered showers and thunderstorms, skies are expected to remain partly cloudy. Lows on Saturday morning will range from 65 to 72 degrees, and will stay between 67 and 73 degrees on Sunday morning. Highs on both afternoons this weekend will top out between 82 and 92 degrees. For more detailed weather information, visit the local National Weather Service website at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tbw/, and the Storm Team 8 Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/StormTeam8WFLA.