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Heavy rains are over, give way to sunnier weather

Istvan Molnar of St. Petersburg tries to keep his 9-year-old pug, Peanut, dry while walking the dog at North Shore Park on Wednesday during another cloud-filled and soggy day in Tampa Bay.

Chris Zuppa | Times

Istvan Molnar of St. Petersburg tries to keep his 9-year-old pug, Peanut, dry while walking the dog at North Shore Park on Wednesday during another cloud-filled and soggy day in Tampa Bay.

After heavy rain and thunderstorms flooded streets and slowed traffic this week across the Tampa Bay area, the dismal weather began to taper off Wednesday.

Expect smaller scattered showers before evening today, Bay News 9 meteorologist Brian McClure said — but that's the last of it.

"It'll be dry, humid and sunny all weekend," he said. "The end of rainy season, just like that."

Since Monday, Holiday was most pounded by the rain: about 9.7 inches fell, according to Bay News 9. New Port Richey received 6.7 inches and Brooksville had nearly 5 inches.

Tarpon Springs and Dunedin led Pinellas with more than 7 inches each. Northeast Clearwater received 6.3 inches and St. Petersburg saw 4.6 inches.

The National Weather Service reported Tampa had about 2.3 inches since Monday. McClure said Citrus Park had about 7 inches.

No rain records were set, McClure said, though the rain was the most persistent of the season.

Times staff

Heavy rains are over, give way to sunnier weather 09/25/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 11:32pm]

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