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Record heat to be replaced by storms, cooler temperatures

After a few days of unseasonable warmth, we're about to get some cooler weather.

A cold front will begin sweeping into Florida late Thursday, likely bringing strong and possibly severe thunderstorms to many areas, including the Tampa Bay region, Friday morning.

The line of storms is expected to push into Citrus and Hernando counties after midnight and reach the Tampa Bay area around daybreak. The front is expected to weaken as it shifts south, so the strongest storms should be north of Tampa Bay.

Rainfall amounts will generally be less than half an inch, but isolated storms could produce over an inch of rain in some areas.

Hazardous boating conditions can be expected starting Thursday from Tarpon Springs northward. Rip currents will also be an issue through Friday as winds become onshore.

Behind the storms, cooler, drier air will move in, keeping daytime highs in the low 70s through the weekend, said Juli Marquez, Bay News 9 meteorologist.

The cooler weather comes after days of record or near-record temperatures. The high Wednesday at Tampa International Airport reach 84 degrees, a record for the date.

Thursday's high also could approach the record of 84, set in 1950 at Tampa International Airport.