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Summer weather returns to the Tampa Bay area

What a wonderful autumn it was. Now back to summer.

The mild fall-like weather that had residents clicking off air conditioners and reaching for a light morning jacket will vanish today, replaced by heat and humidity. A cold front produced the cooler, drier weather and another is heading toward Florida, but won't penetrate enough to prolong the mild conditions, said Bay News 9 chief meteorologist Mike Clay.

"The dry and comfortable air of the last few days will be rapidly replaced by higher humidity late Friday into Saturday," he said. "Another cool front will move toward us, but this one will stall over North Florida. It could still be close enough to produce some showers and isolated thunderstorms."

Highs are forecast to reach 88 degrees today and increase slightly each day through Sunday. Lows bottom out at 67 degrees tonight and also increase through the weekend until reaching 73 on Sunday.

The chances of a sporadic thundershower improve, too. The pattern is forecast to continue for at least another week.

Dr. Jeff Masters of wunderground.com predicted in his blog Thursday that considering current El Niño and wind shear conditions, the normally active Caribbean tropical season will produce two more named storms, one becoming a hurricane between Oct. 13 and Nov. 7.

He surmises the most likely affected land areas would be "along the Western Caribbean, Gulf Coast of Florida and the Bahamas."

Summer weather returns to the Tampa Bay area 10/02/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 2, 2009 12:22pm]
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