Drier weather is forecast for the next several days.
More than 6 inches of rain was recorded in some locations throughout Pinellas this week. The National Weather Service is forecasting drier weather ahead.
Rain chances drop to 20 percent tonight, 30 percent on Thursday and 20 percent Thursday night. The NWS said there is a chance of scattered thunderstorms Thursday afternoon.
The latest forecast shows a 0 percent chance of rain on Friday with partly cloudy skies and a high of 89. The best news is nighttime lows expected to be around 69 degrees over the weekend. The forecast also calls for daytime highs in the upper 80s through Wednesday and nighttime lows of 71 degrees.
An elevated risk of rip currents continues through 8 p.m. Thursday.
Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and around structures such as groins, jetties and piers. NWS advises beachgoers to heed the advice of lifeguards and the beach patrol. Pay attention to flags and posted signs.
Swimmers caught in a rip current should remain calm and begin to swim parallel to shore. Once away from the force of the rip current, you can begin to swim to shore. Do not try to swim against a rip current.
High winds and seas are creating hazardous boating condition for small craft operators through Wednesday night, but should “relax” toward the end of the week before reaching cautionary levels at times over the weekend. Mariners should stay in tune with latest weather forecasts.