Scattered showers that rode into the Tampa Bay area on a cold front early Sunday are expected to dissipate by early afternoon, a weather expert says.
Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker said spotty precipitation began falling around 2 a.m., sprinkling about a half-inch of rain on Pasco, Citrus and Hernando counties, a tenth of an inch in some spots and no rain in others.
"By early afternoon, we should be totally finished with the rain," Linker said, adding that temperatures Sunday were forecast to reach highs in the low to mid 70s. "We may get some sunshine by late afternoon."
Overnight lows in the 50s are forecast to give way to partly cloudy skies Monday and a high of about 75.
But the mercury is expected to dip Tuesday, when Linker said clouds could lead to a few light rain showers or sprinkles and force New Year's Eve temperatures into the low 60s.
"Nothing substantial," Linker said of the rain. "By the evening time, we should be drier for folks who have any New Year's outdoor plans. It will be a little bit cool but nothing unusual."
But good news for those looking forward to the Outback Bowl or some fun in the sun on the first day of the new year: Linker said it's expected to warm back up Wednesday into the low 70s, with partly cloudy skies.