Tampa weather forecast calls for rain all weekend

Keep rain gear close by this weekend.

TAMPA, Fla. — Secure your ark! The rainy season is back.

Keep those umbrellas closed this weekend as tropical showers are expected daily.

The good news? It won’t be a full wash this weekend. There will still be a few dry windows to get out. Keeping an eye on the radar will be ideal while enjoying all the outdoor activities.

The set up

Deeper moisture is accumulating ahead of a draped blocked border just north of Florida. The humid air and extra lift will support more torrential downpours and thunderstorms continuing through the weekend.

With this tropical humidity overhead, storms could drop 1 to 3 inches of rain over a wide area through Sunday. Some isolated spots can even get 5-6 inches of rain.

This intense rainfall over a short period of time could lead to flash floods and/or pools. It will be important to keep an eye out for weather conditions when you go, as urban and poorly drained areas can experience flooding.

The moment

With a southwesterly land component in place this weekend, showers could start as early as 6 to 7 a.m. on the coast Saturday before heading east toward the Florida interior in the morning and the afternoon.

The showers will start to calm down in the evening around 8 p.m. before starting again on Sunday. Scattered rain will move towards the shore during the morning hours before intensifying while pushing eastward in the early afternoon.

Rainy season

The Tampa Bay area wet season, the time when conditions become favorable for near-daily afternoon showers based on a review of local thunderstorm science and climatology, has started on May 25. rainy season, and in the month of June alone, the normal amount of rain in Tampa is 7.37 inches.

A few areas of Tampa Bay could approach that average rainfall number this weekend only after a few tropical downpours.

Dale D. Schrum