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Wet morning to give way to nice Gasparilla weekend

Visitors take a misty morning walk Friday on the beach near the Loews Don CeSar Hotel. Friday's rain should yield to a sunny weekend.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

Visitors take a misty morning walk Friday on the beach near the Loews Don CeSar Hotel. Friday's rain should yield to a sunny weekend.

Tampa Bay residents were hit with a wet commute Friday morning as a line of thunderstorms swept through the area, bringing heavy rain and strong winds.

Much of the region saw between a quarter-inch to a half-inch of rain early Friday.

The rain should continue through mid morning as a cold-front passes through the region and brings slightly cooler temperatures, according to Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez. Temperatures are expected to peak at 75 degrees.

"We're saying goodbye to the 80s," said Marquez.

The soggy conditions should be long gone by Saturday's Gasparilla pirate festival in Tampa. The forecast calls for no rain, partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid 70s, according to Bay News 9.

Wet morning to give way to nice Gasparilla weekend 01/27/12 [Last modified: Friday, January 27, 2012 11:05am]
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