Isolated storms, record heat forecast for Memorial Day weekend
TAMPA - Memorial Day weekend could shape up to be a wet one for the Tampa Bay region, with the potential for isolated severe storms and record-breaking heat. Such storms cropped up in some areas Thursday afternoon, resulting in a confirmed tornado in North Port that damaged some homes, and localized street flooding in St. Petersburg. Thursday's record-setting high temperatures could carry over into today, Storm Team 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann said. Tampa set a record Thursday at 96 degrees, and Sarasota climbed to 95, and today's highs again are expected to climb into the low- to mid-90s with a 20 percent chance of a few afternoon and evening storms. It stays mild tonight with lows in the low-mid 70s.Saturday should also be mostly dry, Spann said. But an area of low pressure, which is pushing northeast off Florida's east coast, is expected to drift back toward the state this weekend, increasing rain chances across the region Sunday and Monday. National Weather Service forecasters say this system has a 70 percent chance of developing into a tropical system in the next 48 hours.