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After chilly night, Tampa Bay area to warm up over weekend

Don't worry: That chill in the air this morning isn't here to stay.

But temperatures are expected to drop dramatically as the back end of a cold front makes its way past the Tampa Bay area, before slowly rising again over the weekend, forecasters said.

During the day, Friday was forecast to be be marked by temperatures in the 60s, clear skies and gusty winds, according to the National Weather Center.

But come nightfall, parts of Hernando County could experience near-freezing temperatures.

Areas along the water shouldn't see a dip below the low 50s, said NWS forecaster Richard Rude, but inland areas could experience temperatures dropping into the low 40s.

By Saturday afternoon the sun should begin to warm the entire bay area back to normal temperatures, experts said.

"When you have all the sunshine that we do, after so many days it just can't stay cold," said Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik.

Saturday afternoon will likely bring temperatures in the mid to upper 70s, and by Sunday the mercury will rise back into the 80s, forecasters said.

After chilly night, Tampa Bay area to warm up over weekend 11/11/11 [Last modified: Friday, November 11, 2011 2:53pm]
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