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Cool, dry weekend ahead is first of the season

The end of summer is near — temporarily at least.

A cold front moving into the Tampa Bay area from the north will bring temperatures well below seasonal norms, meteorologists said.

In Tampa, the average high for the beginning of October is 87 degrees, with average lows in the low 70s, according to the National Weather Service.

This weekend, however, coastal areas like Tampa and St. Petersburg could see overnight temperatures in the mid 60s. Pasco and Hernando counties could see nights in the mid 50s. The high temperatures throughout Tampa Bay will fluctuate from the low to mid 80s.

While autumn astronomically began at 5:05 a.m. last Friday, Florida's climate begs to differ.

So don't start unpacking those fall clothes just yet. The cool weather will be short lived, forecasters said.

"By next week we're going to start seeing a warming trend again," said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

The first shot of cool, dry air usually does not hit the Tampa Bay area until mid October, according to the NWS.

The earliest cooling dates on record are Sept. 19 in Tampa and Oct. 1 in St. Petersburg.

The biggest relief this weekend, Marquez said, will be the lack of humidity.

Rain chances will nearly disappear over the weekend and continue to stay low throughout the upcoming week, as dew points drop into the 60s, experts said.

"At least for a couple days we'll be able to enjoy ourselves," Marquez said, "free from all the heat and humidity."

Cool, dry weekend ahead is first of the season 09/29/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 29, 2011 10:06am]
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