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Here comes the rain: Thunderstorms set to hit Tampa Bay late Thursday

It will be hot and humid on Thursday, but a cold front will roll in at night and bring heavy rain through Saturday.

A cold front will end this hot and humid weather and replace it with slightly cooler temperatures and strong storms starting Thursday night and continuing through Friday, according to the meteorologists at Spectrum Bay News 9.

Meteorologist Nick Merianos says the storms may bring gusty winds, heavy rain and frequent lightning. The thunderstorms are projected to pose a higher risk to Citrus and Hernando counties, though they could reach as far south as Pasco County and northern Hillsborough and Pinellas, according to the National Weather Service.

The worst of the thunderstorms are likely to arrive overnight on Thursday and continue into Friday morning. There will then be a 70 to 80 percent chance of rain all day on Friday. That will fall to a 30 to 50 percent chance of rain on Saturday and even less on Sunday, forecasters say.

But Thursday will start off with hot and humid weather, according to Bay News 9 meteorologist Brian McClure, with highs reaching into the lower 90s.

“It’s going to be a hot, humid day,” McClure said. “Probably a good day to find a water source or be near a pool.”

The muggy air is coming back due to a shift in Florida’s winds, McClure said, but will quickly change once the cold front hits on Thursday. That’s when temperatures will cool back down a little, with highs topping out in the lower-to-mid 80s throughout the weekend with lows in the lower 70s.

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