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Warming trend headed to Tampa Bay area

So much for winter.

A major warming trend is headed our way, bringing temperatures about 10 degrees above normal for the next several days.

Highs will be around 80 degrees or warmer, possibly reaching record levels.

"People looking forward to warmer weather and sunshine will look forward to the middle and end of the week,'' said Juli Marquez, meteorologist with Bay News 9. "This will be warm and dry weather.''

A cool front moving through the area Monday will bring a slight chance of rain, then the warmup begins.

A high pressure area settling in over the Middle Atlantic region will pull warm air from the Caribbean basin, heating up the Florida peninsula.

High temperatures Tuesday through Sunday for most of the Tampa area will be around 80, and possibly higher.

Inland temperatures could rise a couple of degrees more, while beach areas will be slightly cooler because of cooler coastal waters.

"It will still be nice and cool at night, but during the day we could get real close to some records," said Tom Dougherty, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

High temperature records for the next few days range from 82 to 85 degrees.

Longer range forecasts suggest this warming trend will be short-lived.

"We're not done with cold fronts yet,'' Marquez said.

Warming trend headed to Tampa Bay area 01/07/13 [Last modified: Monday, January 7, 2013 4:05pm]

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