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Rain chances drop early this week

The drenching rains that have blanketed Tampa Bay are forecast to ease up a bit this week — but don't put away those umbrellas just yet.

Daily thunderstorm chances, which have hovered lately in the 50 to 70 percent range, will dip to about 30 percent Monday and Tuesday, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker.

He said the possibility of late afternoon or evening precipitation will increase slightly Wednesday and Thursday to 40 percent.

"It'll be a similar summertime pattern," Linker said. "But it's going to be drier, which'll limit the coverage area of the thunderstorms."

August is one of Florida's wettest months, Linker said. While the amount of rainfall around much of Tampa Bay has been above average, he said some areas are actually below normal.

Clouds that rolled in Sunday morning pushed temperatures to the mid-80s. However, Linker said the mercury would rise again Monday to a normal high around 90 degrees and lows in the mid-70s.

Rain chances drop early this week 08/25/13 [Last modified: Sunday, August 25, 2013 2:31pm]
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