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Rain to lighten in Tampa Bay before overnight temps drop

Rain sprinkled Tampa Bay Saturday morning, and meteorologists say scattered showers will continue in the area throughout the day.

The rain, which started around 6 a.m., should lighten up around noon, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker.

St. Petersburg and Tampa saw about one-quarter of an inch of rain this morning, Linker said, while more than a quarter of an inch fell in parts of Polk County.

The persistent rainfall will keep today's high temperatures around the lower 60s, Linker said.

Florida winters tend to be dry, with just a few days of rainfall each month. But December is shaping up to be drier than average.

"We probably won't catch up," Linker said.

A cold front will move through tonight, cooling Sunday down to highs in the mid-60s. Low temperatures will get down into the 40s on Monday and Tuesday morning.

Unlike the cold fronts during the last two weeks, Linker said this cold front will bring noticeably cooler weather while remaining pleasant.

Rain to lighten in Tampa Bay before overnight temps drop 12/18/10 [Last modified: Saturday, December 18, 2010 12:08pm]
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