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Slight chance of rain today, but more expected next weekend

While an upper level disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico brings a 30- to 40-percent chance of rain, most of it will be north of Tampa Bay.

Don’t be fooled by the gray skies. If you step outside to walk the dog or go for a jog today, you can probably leave your umbrella behind.

While an upper level disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico brings a 30- to 40-percent chance of rain, most of it will be north of Tampa Bay, says Spectrum Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker.

And anything that does fall will be relatively light.

“We’re really not gonna see a lot of rain today,” Linker said. “The clouds will keep it a little bit cooler, but other than that, there’s not really much excitement about it.”

While areas north of us, such as Hernando and Citrus counties, and east toward Orlando have seen precipitation off and on since this morning, any periodic bursts of light rain we receive will end by this evening.

Next weekend could be a different story.

Rain chances are expected to diminish the next several days, through Thursday. But by Friday or Saturday, Linker said, “it looks like we might get into a wetter pattern” that could bring rain through Sunday and into Monday.

“We could wind up with the beneficial rain we generally need,” he said.

While this is typically the driest time of the year, March was even drier than usual. Tampa, officially, had only a “trace” of rain, tying for its driest month ever.

Parts of Tampa Bay saw rain Tuesday night, but others haven’t felt a drop since the last day of February, and even that month was drier than we’re accustomed to.

“This time of year is typically rather dry, so we’re catching up on a couple of inches,” Linker said. “Once we get into the summertime, it shouldn’t be too difficult.

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