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More afternoon storms across Tampa Bay, but dry air is on its way

Ongoing pockets of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are drifting along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico due to a southwestern air flow. Those storms will begin to expand and shift inland by the afternoon and evening, pushing the Tampa Bay area’s chance of rain to around 30-40 percent, according to the National Weather Service.

Most of Tuesday will be partly cloudy with highs approaching 90 with plenty of moisture, heat and humidity. After sunset, the rain will recede into the gulf and temperatures will drop to the mid 70s.

For those heading to the Taylor Swift concert at Raymond James Stadium on Tuesday night, the chance of rain will be around 40 percent when the gates open at 5 p.m. but will drop down to less than 20 percent when the show begin at 8:30 p.m. Temperatures should drop to the mid 80s by the time she hits the stage.

EXTENDED FORECAST: The 10-day outlook for the Tampa Bay area

Expect similar conditions on Wednesday, forecasters said. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are predicted to move inland from the gulf by the afternoon. A drier air mass will begin to move over the Tampa Bay area, lowering the chance of rain for the rest of the week.

Expect partly cloudy skies throughout Wednesday with a high in the lower 90s by the afternoon. Overnight temperatures will drop to the mid to upper 70s, forecasters said.

The dry air mass will produce clear skies for the rest of the week and into the weekend. Rain chances won’t increase until early next week after the air mass begins to dissipate.

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