One more day of possibly strong afternoon storms is in store before the Tampa Bay area before things clear out heading into the weekend.
But that relief could be short-lived as a potential tropical system in the southern Gulf of Mexico could drift north this weekend, resulting in soaking rains and heavy downpours as early as Sunday.
After a hot day under mostly sunny skies, storms once again will develop inland this afternoon and push toward the west coast this afternoon, News Channel 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann said.
There is a 60 percent chance of rain today, with highs reaching 90 and lows in the low- to mid-70s once skies clear tonight.
The afternoon storms will return on Thursday, but rain chances will drop to 20 percent Friday heading into the weekend.
An area of low pressure near the Yucatan peninsula, which the National Hurricane Center gives a good chance for further development, could interact with a cold front that would draw it into the Gulf and steer northeast toward Tampa by Sunday into Monday.