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Drier, pleasant weather should continue through the week

Pat Hastings of St. Petersburg, left, participates in her morning workout Monday with her personal trainer Andy Winter, also of St. Petersburg, on North Shore Beach. Hastings was working on her leg muscles. “Spectacular weather for this time of the year,” she said.

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Pat Hastings of St. Petersburg, left, participates in her morning workout Monday with her personal trainer Andy Winter, also of St. Petersburg, on North Shore Beach. Hastings was working on her leg muscles. “Spectacular weather for this time of the year,” she said.

With summer heat lurking, Tampa Bay residents are being treated to a last gasp of spring, a stretch of cooler and drier weather that should last through the week.

"Very comfortable weather in most spots,'' said Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik.

The high Sunday was 77 at Tampa International Airport, tying a record low-high temperature for the date, set in 2010.

The high Monday is expected to be about the same.

Normal temperatures in early May are highs of about 85 degrees and lows of 67.

Forecasters expect high temperatures the next several days in the high 70s or low 80s. Rain chances are minimal.

"It's lovely weather,'' said Jennifer Colson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

The cause of this cooler, drier weather is a broad system of low pressure that produced snow over some areas of the central United States and now is centered over Alabama and Georgia.

The low produced a cool front that moved through the area Sunday night. A second front is expected late Monday or early Tuesday.

That front should begin moving to the northeast in the next day, forecasters say.

Drier, pleasant weather should continue through the week 05/06/13 [Last modified: Monday, May 6, 2013 11:14am]

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