Rainy afternoon coming for Tampa area
Thunderstorms and heavy rain are expected across central Florida for Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. The showers that are over the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday morning are going to head north and west, away from Florida, unlike previous days. Sunday afternoon the winds will shift to east-southeast and bring showers to the Tampa area from the east coast and south. The National Weather Service said residents should expect a half-inch to an inch of rain to fall over west central Florida. Bryan Bennett, meteorologist for News Channel 8, said there is a chance of rain by noon, but the storms are more likely about 3 p.m. and they will appear along the coastline first. He warned that some of the rain could be heavy at times.There is an 80 percent chance of rain Sunday, with a high of 86 and a low of 73. The weather service warns that storms might be severe Sunday afternoon, and there is a chance for water spouts and funnel clouds. And, the area is looking at a wet week ahead. The chance of rain is 60 percent for Monday, then ranges from 40 to 50 percent for the remainder of the week. Highs will be in the mid- to upper 80s and lows will be in the upper 70s.