Although we haven’t hit the main rainy season in Tampa Bay yet, this weekend will feel like we’re in the middle of July.
The region has a 60 percent chance of rain on Friday and Saturday, while Sunday has a 50 percent chance, according to the Ruskin Office of the National Weather Service. The rain is accompanied by high temperatures in the low 90’s and lows in the mid 70’s each day.
While rain is likely for the weekend, state forecasters say there’s also a small chance of thunderstorms any day.
The first major showers will come after 2 p.m. Friday, the weather service says, along with winds between eight and 13 miles per hour. The possibility of showers and thunderstorms will then continue into the evening and overnight into Saturday morning. Saturday to Sunday has an almost identical forecast.
The rain will subside by Sunday evening, but not quite. There will still be a 30 percent chance of rain, followed by a return to a 50 percent chance of rain on Monday and Tuesday.
With this weekend’s forecast, some in Tampa Bay may be wondering, have we reached the time of year to expect afternoon showers?
Not quite in Tampa Bay, says the National Weather Service. The agency noted last year that the region’s wet season officially lasts from May 25 through October 10 — 10 days behind Southwest Florida’s May 15 start date.
However, just as storms form before the start of hurricane season on June 1, these “rainy season” dates are arbitrary. The data was compiled using data from 1981, which compares daily averages to predict when rain is most likely to come in droves.