Two low pres­sure sys­tems line up to dump rain on Fla.

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Af­ter a rel­a­tively rain-free week, Tampa Bay is look­ing at a po­ten­tially soggy week­end.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice said a large area of low pres­sure near Cuba is send­ing storms rolling in from the east coast. They are ex­pected to bring in­ter­mit­tent show­ers through­out Satur­day and Sun­day.

In­creased mois­ture, stream­ing in from the south, will help fuel the cloud cover and en­hance chances for rain through the week­end and into early next week, 10Weather WTSP me­te­o­rol­o­gist Ash­ley Batey said.

Be­gin­ning at 10 a.m. to­day, there will be a 30 per­cent chance of rain un­til af­ter 2 p.m., when chances in­crease to 40 and 50 per­cent, jump­ing to 60 to 70 per­cent be­tween 5 and 8 p.m.

“With this kind of flow, it usu­ally qui­ets down overnight for the Tampa Bay area,” said Rod­ney Wynn, a Na­tional Weather Ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist.

At that point, the Tampa Bay area should keep a wary eye on the large low pres­sure sys­tem, which is fore­cast to move north and could form into a trop­i­cal sys­tem.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice, the large area of clouds has a 40 per­cent chance of de­vel­op­ing into a trop­i­cal sys­tem in the next two days as it makes its way to­ward Florida’s east coast on Satur­day.

The sys­tem is fore­cast to pro­duce lo­cally heavy rain­fall in South Florida, and could re­sult in in­creased rain chances across Tampa Bay next week if it de­vel­ops fur­ther. The weather ser­vice’s Wynn ex­pects the low­pres­sure front to move on by Mon­day.

But an­other sys­tem, in the north­east­ern Caribbean, is ex­pected to move to the north­west. It has a 20 per­cent chance of de­vel­op­ment over the next five days.

Come Sun­day, there will be a 50 per­cent chance of storms by 2 p.m. un­til it qui­ets down to 30 per­cent about 8 p.m.

Mon­day will bring more pre­cip­i­ta­tion with a 30 to 50 per­cent chance of rain, though Tues­day will likely be drier.

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