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Believe it or not, warm weekend weather ahead

Get ready for a — dare we say it? — warm, sunny weekend.

Forecasters say Tampa Bay will endure one more chillier-than-normal day before temperatures climb to the 70s this weekend.

Friday afternoon will still be in the low 60s, about 10 degrees short of the average temperature, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

It won't be as cold as the past three days, which had highs in the 50s, she said.

Saturday will be around the upper 60s. But it's Sunday that should bring what we've been waiting for: temperatures in the low 70s — the month's first return to normal weather in two weeks.

"I think that's why everybody is in such a good mood," Marquez said.

The last time Tampa Bay hit the 70s was Feb. 4 and 5, she said.

Enjoy the shot of heat while you can.

Another cold front will move through Tampa Bay on Monday, paving the way for a chilly weather encore during the work week, she said.

There's a 60 percent rain chance on Monday, and thunderstorms are possible, she said.

On the bright side, it should still be in the 70s, she said.

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Believe it or not, warm weekend weather ahead 02/19/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 19, 2010 7:30am]
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