The long wait for a breath of fresh, dry air is almost over for Tampa Bay residents. After another hot, steamy Friday, there’s going to be a wind shift after sunset. Instead of moisture-laden tropical air from the south, we’re going to have cooler, dryer northern breezes that will provide some blessed relief in the form of lower humidity and temperatures near the 60 degree mark overnight. A look at the accompanying weather map shows a cold front approaching that’s going to give us a spectacular weekend. For the official National Weather Service forecast click here.
The weather should be absolutely perfect for this weekend’s “Star Spectacular” across the bay at Clearwater’s Coachman Park. The weekend festivities include offshore boat races on Sunday and a 60’s tribute concert on Saturday featuring Bertie Higgins and hosted by Radio Rejects Braden Gunn and Vince Noble. The fun starts tonight (Friday) with a downtown Clearwater block party sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times. For more information about the Clearwater Star Spectacular click here.
The influx of cooler, drier air does not mark the end of hurricane season. There’s still plenty of time between the end of November for more storms to boil up in the Atlantic, Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico. Ophelia has regained hurricane strength, but is headed toward the remote North Atlantic, while Philippe is in the far eastern Atlantic on a westerly course but is expected to weaken and might break up before it can pose any threat to any land mass. For the latest official information on the tropics from the National Hurricane Center click here.