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Light rain in morning, scattered thunderstorms in forecast across Tampa Bay

Keep your umbrellas out.

An area of showers and thunderstorms moving east from the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday morning was expected to bring some much needed rain throughout the day, according to Bay News 9 forecasts.

Although most of the rain had been light Wednesday morning, more was falling along the beaches and coastline than in the past few days.

"This afternoon, scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop with the sea breeze," said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez. "Some of the storms could produce locally heavy rain."

There's a 50 percent chance of rain for the day.

Highs are forecast to be a bit lower than Tuesday, topping out in the mid 80s in Tampa and St. Petersburg and higher inland. Marquez said the difference should be noticeable.

More rain is possible Thursday morning and afternoon with forecasters again calling for a 50 percent chance of rain.

Friday's forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of rain.

"We would certainly need a lot more," Marquez said, "but we'll take what we can get."

Light rain in morning, scattered thunderstorms in forecast across Tampa Bay 05/16/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 3:14pm]

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