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Waking up to the lovely sound of rain on the roof this morning? How long will it last?

The front is moving fast and should pass over by the afternoon. Expect cooler temperatures after the rain.

Tampa Bay will see fast-moving thunderstorms drop in and then depart on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms, coming ahead of a quick-moving front, are expected to soak the region before continuing to move southeast across the state, said weather service meteorologist Tony Hurt.

Residents shouldn’t expect severe weather to accompany the rain, Hurt said, but the biggest potential threat will be wind gusts that could reach up to 55 or 60 mph.

Waves pound against the Dunedin Causeway Thursday as rain and wind continued to pelt the coast at daybreak. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

The rain will move quickly through the region because the storms have moved so far in front of the cold front that they’ve created their own outflow, Hurt said. Citrus and Hernando counties will get the rain first, not long after midnight.

Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties will see rain starting closer to 5 a.m.

Once the rain passes, the cold front will bring cooler temperatures to Tampa Bay later Thursday, Hurt said.

The high for the day will be 80 with temperatures reaching into the lower 60s for Thursday night and Friday morning. The high for Friday will be 80, but it will get as cold as 61 that night.