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Remnants of Karen bring a wet start to a week that should clear up

Rain clouds gather in the sky Monday morning over St. Petersburg, east of the Crisp Park boat ramp.

CHERIE DIEZ | Times

Rain clouds gather in the sky Monday morning over St. Petersburg, east of the Crisp Park boat ramp.

Remnants of Tropical Storm Karen lingering over northwest Florida will mean a rainy start to the week in the Tampa Bay area, but Thursday and Friday should bring some relief.

After generating strong winds and rain in the gulf and prompting Florida Gov. Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency in North Florida, Karen dissipated over the weekend and by Monday morning was just a cluster of thunderstorms over the Panhandle.

But as those thunderstorms collided with a cold front, they produced heavy showers and even flooding in parts of the bay area, generating up to a half inch of rain by early Monday morning.

According to Bay News 9 medteorologist Juli Marquez's weekly forecast, Tuesday will offer a 30 percent chance of rain, and Wednesday will dip to 10 percent. Thursday and Friday should be dry.

Though that cold front will mean rain early in the week, as it moves into the area through Wednesday it should bring cooler, drier air. Afternoons, Marquez said, should be pleasant.

"That'll be a nice refreshing change for us," she said.

Temperatures should reach into the high 80s throughout the week, topping out at 88 degrees Thursday and Friday and dipping to 69 degrees Friday night.

"It should feel and look a little bit better than it does today," Marquez said Monday.

Though Karen was downgraded in the gulf, hurricane season trundled on, and forecasters continued to monitor storms generating in the Atlantic.

The National Hurricane Center was tracking a tropical wave located southwest of the Cape Verde Islands Monday morning.

The system was producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms in the eastern Atlantic on Monday morning. The National Hurricane Center gave the storm a low 20 percent chance of tropical cyclone development over the next 48 hours and a medium 40 percent chance of tropical cyclone development over the next five days.

The country's high temperature forecast for Monday was 96 degrees in Fillmore, Calif. Temperatures in Funnison, Colo., were expected to drop to 17 degrees, the nation's low.

Other highs and lows around the country this week for comparison:

• New York: High 74 degrees, low 56 degrees.

• Chicago: High 70 degrees, low 53 degrees.

• Los Angeles: High 84 degress, low 55 degrees.

• Minneapolis: High 77 degrees, low 51 degrees.

Claire Wiseman can be reached at (727) 893-8804 or cwiseman@tampabay.com. On Twitter: @clairelwiseman

Remnants of Karen bring a wet start to a week that should clear up 10/07/13 [Last modified: Monday, October 7, 2013 3:18pm]
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