Cooler temps are on the way, but won't last

While football fans in the Northeast from Philadelphia to Baltimore (top) were freezing in snow, the Tampa Bay area experienced the white stuff in 80-degree temps over the weekend.

Associated Press, Lara Cerri

While football fans in the Northeast from Philadelphia to Baltimore (top) were freezing in snow, the Tampa Bay area experienced the white stuff in 80-degree temps over the weekend.

After nearly a week in the 80s, temperatures are set to drop—but only marginally—across Tampa Bay on Thursday as a cold front moves through the area.

Tampa reached its current record of 83 Thursday and saw above-average warm weather into the 80s throughout the weekend. That trend is expected to continue until Thursday, when a cold front should push in cooler, drier air, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

"Thursday, finally, will be a little cooler, a little less humid for those who don't like it quite so warm and muggy," Marquez said.

But the respite won't last. Temperatures will only dip into the mid-70s Thursday and will climb back near 80 on Friday.

Marquez predicted a low, 10 percent chance of rain Monday and a 20 percent chance of rain Tuesday and Wednesday. The cold front shouldn't bring rain, Marquez said.

While Tampa Bay experienced above-average highs last week, much of the country was buried by inches of snow and ice. See how this week will stack up here, with a few predicted highs and lows from around the country:

Topeka, Kan.: low 9 degrees, high 38 degrees

New York: low 25 degrees, high 45 degrees

San Antonio: low 32 degrees, high 56 degrees

Los Angeles: low 38 degrees, high 70 degrees

Seattle: low 30 degrees, high 47 degrees

Cooler temps are on the way, but won't last 12/09/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 9, 2013 8:38am]

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