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Weather: finally, a warm week ahead

This week will finally mean a break from the pattern of cold fronts and low temperatures Tampa Bay has seen all season.

"We're gonna keep it warm and muggy pretty much all week," Bay News 9 Meteorologist Josh Linker said Monday.

Monday will boast temperatures in the high 70s, Tuesday should reach the low 80s and Wednesday will be in the mid-70s. A cold front will move through the area late Wednesday or early Thursday, but should only knock temperatures down about 5 degrees, Linker said.

"We're not gonna get into anything like we had last week, or the week before, or the week before, which was really cold stuff," Linker said.

Highs Thursday will be in the low 70s, and by Friday will creep back up to the mid-70s.

Wednesday's cold front will bring up the chance of rain to around 30 percent. That should mean spotty showers all day, but they won't be too heavy or too widespread, Linker said.

Light fog was an issue Monday morning and could continue through Tuesday night, prompting an advisory from the National Weather Service. In a news release, Florida Highway Patrol warned drivers to be extra-vigilant when visibility is low, advising driving with lights on low beam, slowing down, signalling in advance and avoiding stopping on roads.

While Tampa Bay's weather will be farm more pleasant this week, much of the country is digging out from nearly a month of snow and ice. For some perspective, here's a list of highs and lows predicted around the country this week.

Phoenix: Low 41 degrees, high 66 degrees

New York: Low 21 degrees, high 35 degrees

Austin: Low 28 degrees, high 70 degrees

Chicago: Low 1 degree, high 26 degrees

New Orleans: Low 38 degrees, high 71 degrees

Weather: finally, a warm week ahead 02/03/14 [Last modified: Monday, February 3, 2014 9:00am]

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