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Tampa Bay enjoys cool, clear weather but rain is coming

Slightly cooler and drier weather descended on Tampa Bay Thursday morning, bringing temperatures in the low 70s.

"What a change from yesterday," said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

No heavy rain. No high winds. No frequent lightning.

Meteorologists said a cold front from the northwest is to thank for the improved weather.

But it won't last long.

Meteorologists say scattered thunderstorm will swing through the region beginning about 11 a.m., hitting Hillsborough and Pinellas and Manatee counties worse than the counties to the north. The storms should last into early evening, said Tyler Fleming, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

Highs are forecast to be in the mid-80s.

Forecasters say Friday should also see lows in the mid-70s and highs in the mid-80s with a high chance of rain — about 60 percent, according to Bay News 9.

The weekend will be warmer and drier. Highs are forecast to be in the low-90s. The chance of rain is about 30 to 40 percent.

Tampa Bay enjoys cool, clear weather but rain is coming 09/08/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 8, 2011 9:40am]
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