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Chilly mornings fade away — for now

Grab your jacket, but just for one more chilly morning.

Temperatures in Tampa and St. Petersburg Thursday morning were lingering in the 40s, with a few freezing areas north, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

But expect this afternoon to be warmer than Wednesday's, with temperatures around the mid to upper 60s, she said.

Friday morning will be between 45 and 50 degrees, and the afternoon highs should be in the low 70s, Marquez said.

"That would be the first time we're above 70 degrees all year," Marquez said. The warmer weather should carry into Saturday.

She said there is a chance of thunderstorms this weekend, and another cold front coming through on Sunday.

That's the trend Marquez said we'll see for the rest of the month — rain, followed by cold fronts. But she said she doesn't expect any of the coming fronts to resemble the brutal cold January started with.

"Part of it is that it was so unusual," Marquez said.

In addition, the most recent cold fronts were followed by masses of exceptionally cold air from Canada. The upcoming fronts don't appear to be followed by that same kind of air pressure.

Marquez had no solid predictions yet for Gasparilla on Jan. 30, but she noted that Tampa's average high for that day is 70 with a low of 53.

Still, those average temperatures are typical every day in January, and "we certainly haven't been near that."

"It gives us something to hope for."

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Chilly mornings fade away — for now 01/14/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 14, 2010 11:37am]
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