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Finally, Florida weather returns to Tampa Bay

It's Florida again around Tampa Bay.

After a week of below-freezing mornings and bone-chilling temperatures, Tampa Bay residents finally awoke to warmer weather Friday morning.

Temperatures floated around the 40s and 50s throughout the region and were expected to reach the 70s later Friday — 74, to be exact. That's two degrees above average, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik.

This comes after a week of near-record lows in parts of Tampa Bay that caused residents to bundle and strawberry farmers to turn on sprinklers to protect crops with a layer of ice. It's still too early to tell how much damage was done to crops, which include strawberries, citrus and vegetables, but it's clear they didn't escape unscathed.

Saturday should also see highs in the 70s, while Sunday is expected to peak in the 60s after a mild cold front rolls through Saturday night.

Freezing temperatures could return to parts of Hernando and Pasco counties, said Kacmarik. The rest of the region should stay above freezing.

Finally, Florida weather returns to Tampa Bay 12/17/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 17, 2010 7:51am]

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