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Ideal weather slides in for busy outdoor weekend

Break out the grill, pack a picnic, take a walk or a jog, anything to go outside.

It's going to be a very nice weekend.

A cold front moving into the area from the north will bring a chance of scattered thunderstorms Friday afternoon, before giving way to cool, dry air that experts say will create ideal weekend conditions.

On Friday, temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 80s. But come Saturday, they will dip into the low 80s, with overnight lows in the 60s around Tampa Bay and the 50s and possibly 40s in Hernando and Citrus counties.

With few clouds and dry conditions, the Tampa Bay region can expect a weekend of "sunny skies and beautiful conditions," said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

It couldn't come at a more perfect time. This weekend marks the start of Tampa Bay's busy fall festival season, and there are several major events that should see huge crowds because of the gorgeous weather. They include the Florida Orchestra concerts in the park in both Tampa and St. Petersburg, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, several pet costume gatherings, the Streetcar Festival in Tampa, the Times Festival of Reading in St. Petersburg and Food Truck Wars at Channelside in Tampa. (For a more comprehensive list, see 2B, or search our database for an event near you at tampabay.com/things-to-do.)

The slightly cooler weather is a sign of things to come, forecasters said.

"We're in that transitional period between summer and fall," said National Weather Service forecaster Jennifer Colson. "But we are moving toward the dry season."

Humidity and rain chances aren't expected to return to the area until the middle of next week.

Marissa Lang can be reached at mlang@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8804 or @Marissa_Lang.

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Ideal weather slides in for busy outdoor weekend 10/19/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 19, 2012 1:20pm]
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