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Foggy morning commute starts a clear, hot day across Tampa Bay

The Signature and Bayfront condominium towers are shrouded in early morning fog in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

The Signature and Bayfront condominium towers are shrouded in early morning fog in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

A blanket of dense fog was expected to move in over the Tampa Bay area Wednesday morning, cutting visibility to dangerously low levels during the morning commute, forecasters said.

Motorists were advised to take it slow and use their low beams when navigating the fog, which could decrease visibility to a quarter of a mile or less in some areas, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS issued an advisory to 15 counties along Florida's west coast, from north of Citrus County to Fort Myers. The fog is expected to persist until about 9 a.m.

But the Tampa Bay area was forecast to see a dry, sunny day with near-record temperatures once the fog burned off, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

The mercury was expected to climb into the mid 80s throughout the region Wednesday, threatening to overtake record highs of 83 in Tampa, set in 1948, and 81 in St. Petersburg, set in 1976.

Foggy morning commute starts a clear, hot day across Tampa Bay 02/29/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 2:07pm]

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