Rain will return in a big way this week

We knew it wouldn't last forever.

After nearly a week of sunshine and a brilliant weekend, rain could return to Tampa Bay starting today.

"Now we're in a more progressive weather pattern for a couple of days," Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker said.

Monday will range from the low 80s near the beaches to the 90s further inland, Linker said, and humidity will be high. The rain chance for Monday is 20 percent. Tuesday carries the week's highest rain chance at 60 percent, thanks to a cold front that will move through the area tonight.

That front will stall just south of Tampa Bay by midweek, and temperatures will drop slightly Tuesday, topping out around 80. By Wednesday it will feel even cooler, with highs reaching only the mid 70s. The rain chance will fall to 20 percent by then, but will climb back to 30 percent by Thursday.

Temperatures will warm into the high 70s Thursday and will be in the low 80s by Friday. Rain chances that day will reach 50 percent.

Across the country, severe weather downed trees and produced tornadoes in the plains states Sunday night. More severe weather and even tornadoes are possible as a mass of warm air moves through the plains today, and a cold front further west could produce a wild swing in temperatures that will mean up to 10 inches of snow in Denver.

For some perspective, here's a list of predicted highs and lows from around the country this week:

New York: low 31 degrees, high 74 degrees

Chicago: low 29 degrees, high 57 degrees

Los Angeles: low 55 degrees, high 87 degrees

Boston: low 32 degrees, high 74 degrees

Seattle: low 46 degrees, high 67 degrees

Rain will return in a big way this week 04/14/14 [Last modified: Monday, April 14, 2014 12:15pm]

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