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Forecast: Dry start to work week, but rain chances will build across Tampa Bay

The work week will start of relatively dry across Tampa Bay, but rain chances will increase throughout the week with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms near 50 percent on Friday.

Skies will be mostly sunny on Monday, with only a 20 percent chance of rain and hot, humid conditions that will drive temperatures into the low 90s and heat indexes into the 100s, according to the National Weather Service.

Few isolated morning showers have developed near the coast, but by the afternoon showers could begin popping up inland, forecasters said.

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

By evening, any lingering storms will dry up and temperatures will drop to the mid to high 70s. After midnight and well before dawn, coastal showers are expected to become more pervasive near the northern Tampa coastline.

Tuesday, a strong area of high pressure will push rain south into the Peninsula, increasing the chance of rain for northern areas such as Levy, Citrus and Sumter counties. That pressure will continue toward Tampa Bay throughout the week.

The rest of the week will see increased chances of rain. Highs are expected to drop to around 88, but feeling much hotter thanks to ample humidity.

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