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Forecasters expect a dousing for Tampa Bay in days to come

Hold tight to your umbrella Wednesday as rain chances increase across the Tampa Bay area.

There was a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms expected Wednesday with a high temperature of 87 degrees, according to the National Weather Service

The skies were forecast to remain cloudy with winds from the southwest between 9 and 16 mph and gusts as high as 22 mph.

Forecasts called for a quarter- to a half-inch of rainfall Wednesday night. Overnight skies were expected to be mostly cloudy with a low temperature around 75 degrees.

Incoming moisture from the Gulf of Mexico was producing the high chances for rain, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

St. Petersburg received 0.4 inches of rainfall in the 24 hours before Wednesday morning.

Heavy downpours will continue Thursday as the possibility of rain will boost up to 80 percent, Marquez said.

Forecasters said the weekend may be washed out as well. The precipitation outlook was no lower than 30 percent.

Check conditions before you head out this weekend, even if there is no rain there are chances of thunder activity, Marquez said.

Michael Finch II can be reached at mfinch@tampabay.com or at (727)893-8321.

Forecasters expect a dousing for Tampa Bay in days to come 06/06/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 1:02pm]

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