Forecast: Ditch those sweaters! Warm weather has returned to Tampa Bay

That cold spell has left the Tampa Bay area, replaced by building clouds, higher humidity and highs reaching the low to mid 70s this weekend.
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Published February 1
Updated February 1

Temperatures are rising, and so are rain chances, as more temperate conditions return to the Tampa Bay area on Friday and in time for the weekend.

Those heavy sweaters definitely won't be needed early Friday morning as wake-up temperatures across the region are starting off in the mid to upper 50s — a far sight warmer than the bone-chilling 30s that were in place earlier this week.

The trade-offs, according to the National Weather Service, are building clouds, higher humidity and slightly increased rain chances as winds shift from the north to the east-southeast.

Highs will be in the low to mid 70s, under cloudy skies and an isolated chance of an afternoon shower.

Rain chances pick up on Saturday — especially in the morning — with highs again in the mid to upper 70s under cloudy skies through Sunday, forecasters said.

High pressure will remain intact into next week, as the first full week of February will feature mostly sunny skies and temperatures eclipsing 80 by Wednesday.

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