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Repeat of Sunday’s powerful, and deadly, storms forecast this week for Tampa Bay

Conditions similar to those that flooded streets in South Tampa, pelted areas across Tampa Bay and produced lightning that killed a woman in Siesta Key on Sunday will be intact throughout the week — and with even more frequency.

Typical summer weather is beginning to take hold as afternoon thunderstorms sweep across Tampa Bay. These storms will brew in the Gulf of Mexico and push inland during the throughout the week, according to the National Weather Service.

"Lightning will be a primary threat, especially with these afternoon thunderstorms," said Tony Hunt said, a meteorologist with the weather service office in Ruskin. "It’s very much a ‘when thunder roars, get indoors’ situation."

Monday will in some part be a repeat of Sunday’s forecast, which saw heavy rainfall that led to localized flooding. Scattered storms struck much of the Tampa Bay area, especially along the coast.

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

Sunday afternoon, a woman died after she was struck by lightning at around 2:15 p.m. on Siesta Key Beach. The lightning was a part of a powerful line of storms that moved through the region on Sunday, and that pattern will continue throughout this week.

"This week is more conducive to rain than last week was," said Hurt. "Last week was a little atypical with most of the storms hitting the central and eastern part of the peninsula. But this week is more typical of the summertime pattern, it will be more conducive to rainfall along the western portion of Florida."

Monday morning will begin with temperatures in the mid 70s. Skies will be partly cloudy with a higher chance of rain in the afternoon. Expect afternoon temperatures to rise to around 89, but the humidity will increase the heat index to around 99 degrees.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will brew just off the coast in the Gulf of Mexico, but by the afternoon, coastal breezes will push those storms into the inland heat. Expect quick-paced showers with an increased chance of thunder and lightning.

Chances of rain will remain high compared to last week, with afternoon showers likely. These storms will begin to dissipate in the evening after the sun and heat subside and they rain themselves out.

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