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After chilly morning, Easter Sunday ushers in week of springtime weather in Tampa Bay

The week ahead forecast shows cool mornings and warm afternoons, with temperatures climbing into the 70s and 80s.
Parishioners gathered for First Unity Spiritual’s sunrise Easter service along the St. Petersburg waterfront, listen to a spiritual message as the sun rises, Sunday, April 4, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
Parishioners gathered for First Unity Spiritual’s sunrise Easter service along the St. Petersburg waterfront, listen to a spiritual message as the sun rises, Sunday, April 4, 2021 in St. Petersburg. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Published Apr. 4
Updated Apr. 4

The Tampa Bay area may have had an unusually chilly start to springtime this year, but local meteorologists say sunny skies this Easter Sunday should warm things back up to more comfortable temperatures throughout the region.

The forecast shows cool mornings, warm afternoons and lots of sunshine in the days ahead with temperatures back in the mid and upper 70s.

“The humidity will stay low, making it feel cool in the shade,” Spectrum Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker said. “There still will be a bit of a breeze.”

A cold front that moved through the area Thursday brought chilly temperatures and clear skies on Good Friday morning. More of the same is expected through Easter Sunday, which began at a chilly 48 degrees at the National Weather Service’s Ruskin headquarters.

“You could certainly say we have our head in the clouds today,” NWS meteorologist Austen Flannery said. “They are streaming in from the Atlantic over the Florida peninsula ... so could have some clouds tonight, could have some clouds over the next couple of days.”

Even if there are cloudy skies, the week ahead looks primarily rain-free, Flannery said. The sun will ultimately win out along Florida’s west coast throughout the work week, with low temperatures climbing back into the 60s by Friday and highs in the upper 70s to low 80s.

The next chance of rain doesn’t come until Friday next week when another front might move through. That’s not expected to affect temperatures much, but could bring scattered showers and isolated storms.