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First came the rain and wind. Next up is the low 30s, Tampa Bay.

Once the rain passes, the cold will stick around through the weekend.
An unidentified fisherman wades into the water as storm clouds build over Tampa Bay as seen from the Gandy Bridge in St. Petersburg Wednesday. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times]

Brace yourself, Tampa Bay: After the rain comes the cold.

Heavy showers and gusty storms pounded the region Wednesday afternoon. But while the region dries out Thursday morning, cold temperatures will take hold and chill the bay area through the weekend.

Morning lows will range from the upper 40s to the low 50s, according to the National Weather Service outpost in Ruskin. The highs won’t get too high, reaching the upper 50s to low 60s, but at least it’ll be sunny as a northwest breeze clears out the rain clouds.

It’ll get even colder on Friday, with overnight lows hovering around the upper 30s inland to the lower 40s along the coastline. The high will be in the low to mid 60s with a lighter breeze and sunny skies.

Expect the same this weekend: Saturday and Sunday lows will be in the 40s inland and the 50s on the coast. Saturday afternoon will reach the mid 60s, while Sunday afternoon temperatures could touch the low 70s.

The frigid air is the result of a temporary dip in the jet stream across the eastern United States, said Spectrum Bay News 9 forecaster Nick Merianos.

“There’s a storm that’s over the Great Lakes and moving across north of New England," he said. “And it’s really pulling all the cold air from up north down to the south.”

The Weather Service forecasts little to no chance of rain over the next seven or so days.

“This weekend is a bit on the cooler side," Merianos said, “but at least the sun is out."

Temperatures are expected to return to the 70s by Monday, then reach the standard mid 80s by midweek.

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