ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Here's the Tampa area weather forecast for late Wednesday into Thursday morning, along with a first look at conditions this weekend.

  • East wind continues
  • Weekend wind shift
  • Tropics getting active

The winds from the east continued again today, resulting in scattered storms moving westward toward and into the Gulf of Mexico. Skies will clear overnight into early Thursday morning.

Lows will be in the low to mid 70s inland with upper 70s near the coast.

Thursday will start with mostly sunny skies going partly cloudy in the afternoon. Highs will reach the low to mid 90s with scattered storms starting soon after that.

All the storms will again have a westward movement toward the gulf. The coverage will be back up around 50 to 60 percent.

The storms will die down and move into the gulf with slowly clearing skies Thursday night. Lows will be in the low 70s inland and mid 70s near the coast.

That pattern will hold into Friday with a very similar forecast.

This weekend is when the winds will finally stop coming from the east. Instead, we’ll have a bit more of a sea breeze in the afternoon hours.

With that in mind, we’ll still get scattered storms in the afternoon to evening hours, but instead of them just rushing westward into the gulf they will move more slowly and erratically. At times they will even be stationary.

7-day forecast 

We want your pictures!

Show us what the weather looks like in your neighborhood. Your photo could end up on Spectrum Bay News 9.

  • Get the Spectrum Bay News 9 app for iOS or Android
  • Tap "Submit Content" at the bottom of the app menu
  • Remember to include your name and location