ST. PETERSBURG — Scattered showers and overcast skies will continue well into next week, as a weak weather system trudging north through the Gulf of Mexico could drop around 6-9 inches of rain across inland regions of Tampa Bay.
Although a large area of low pressure that had threatened to develop into the first tropical system of the hurricane season has nearly fizzled out, localized inland flooding remains a risk, according to the National Weather Service.
The National Hurricane Center has dropped the system’s chance of developing tropical conditions to just 10 percent. As it continues to spin up through the Gulf of Mexico, its weakening force will merge into another weather system over the next few days and drench Tampa Bay in more rain throughout next week.
A few showers are lingering Wednesday morning, and scattered showers will remain until the afternoon heat collides with the coastal breeze, increasing the chance of thunderstorms. These storms will be more persistent in areas east of the I-75 corridor, forecasters said.
Temperatures will remain near the mid 80s throughout the week with abundant humidity.
Wednesday night, blossoming thunderstorms could drift west over coastal regions. Expect lows to remain around the low 70s for the next few nights.
The best chance for a sunny morning is Saturday, but for forecasters still expect a 50 percent chance of rain by the afternoon.
Sunday appears more of the same, forecasters said, and rain chances will remain near 50 to 70 percent until late next week.
Low pressure over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico will bring abundant moisture over the area from the gulf. This will produce high chances of rain showers and a chance of storms through the day. Temperatures will be warm and muggy with highs in the low to mid 80's. #flwx pic.twitter.com/gtHIMNIl0f— NWS Tampa Bay (@NWSTampaBay) May 16, 2018
A low pressure area over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico is not expected to acquire subtropical or tropical characteristics, but locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding are still possible across Florida and the SE United States during the next few days. https://t.co/NERCKLZFZm pic.twitter.com/PGUzT0pmbH— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) May 15, 2018