ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms will develop in our area Wednesday.
Today’s rain chance is 60 percent and there will be areas of locally heavy rain.
High temperatures will be in the upper 80s to low 90s.
It will be a breezy day with a south wind 10 to 20 mph.
There is a high risk of rip currents at the beaches again today.
Tonight will be mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms.
Low temperatures will be in the mid to upper 70s.
Friday will be partly cloudy to mostly cloudy with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
High pressure will build over the Florida peninsula this weekend.
We should return to a more typical summer pattern over the weekend with partly sunny skies and scattered sea breeze storms each day.
It will be hotter with highs in the low 90s Saturday and Sunday.
The tropical low in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to strengthen and become a tropical depression or tropical storm today.
At 5 a.m. Thursday, the low is located about 125 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Maximum sustained winds are 30 mph and it’s moving west at 5 mph.
It’s forecast to move west in the northern Gulf and approach the Louisiana coast as a hurricane at the end of the week.
Hurricane conditions, storm surge, and heavy rain and flooding are all possible along the northern Gulf coast in the next couple of days.
Rainfall amounts of 6 to 9 inches have already occurred in the New Orleans area which has resulted in flooding.
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