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Forecast: Gusty winds, clearing skies as cold front pushes through Tampa Bay

By Devin Rodriguez, Times Staff Writer
Seven-day forecast for Wednesday, March 7 in the Tampa Bay

A cold front has pushed through the Tampa Bay area overnight, producing locally heavy rainfall but leaving high winds and cooler temperatures behind.

Sparsely scattered showers should clear up by noon, and the front should dissipate Wednesday as it continues to move to the south, according to the National Weather Service.

Expect sunny skies after the rain clouds clear, but temperatures will only rise to the upper 60s or lower 70s, forecasters said. Strong sustained winds around 25-30 mph will continue throughout the day.

A rip current advisory is in effect for coastal counties along the west coast. The National Weather Service warns any early-morning beach-goers to proceed with caution. A high wind also was issued for the Sunshine Skyway.

If caught in a rip current, do not swim directly against the current. Instead, swim lightly parallel to the shore and swim back when able to.

Lows will drop around 50 on Wednesday night with strong gusts. Some areas could see lows drop as low as 40 on Thursday morning, forecasters said.

Temperatures will continue to be around 8 degrees cooler than average, so it may be a good idea to bring a light jacket to the Valspar Championship or any outdoor event you may attend this week.