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Tampa Bay wakes up to cool, dry weather Monday. How long will it last?

For the first time since May 17, temperatures dipped into the 60s.
The sun rises Monday over a pond in North Tampa's Forest Hills neighborhood. The week is starting out with fall-like temperatures.
The sun rises Monday over a pond in North Tampa's Forest Hills neighborhood. The week is starting out with fall-like temperatures. [ DENNIS JOYCE | Times ]
Published Oct. 18
Updated Oct. 18

If you stepped outside Monday morning, then you know: Fall weather has finally arrived in Tampa Bay.

A cold front brought temperatures in the upper 50s to parts of the region Monday morning with next to no humidity, said meteorologist Juli Marquez of Spectrum Bay News 9. You can expect more of the same Tuesday before temperatures return to being above 70 each day.

The chilly temps didn’t last the whole day, of course. The expected high was 85 in Tampa, she said. That is still a reprieve from the humid, near-90s temperatures of last week.

The cold front entered the region Sunday night and dropped Tampa into the 60s for the first time since May 17, reported WTSP, Ch. 10 meteorologist Ric Kearbey.

While the cool weather won’t last long, Marquez said we’ll get to enjoy throwing on a jacket for at least one more morning. Temperatures on Tuesday will fall to the upper 50s again in Hernando and Citrus counties, while those in Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas will be in the low-to-mid 60s.

Tampa Bay will return to mild mornings and warm afternoons by Wednesday, Marquez said. The high then will be 88 with a forecast low of 70. A similar forecast is expected for each day through Sunday.

There won’t be much, if any, rain for most of Tampa Bay this week, Marquez said. No showers are expected through Wednesday, while Thursday has a 10 percent chance. The rain chance is 20 percent Friday and Saturday with a 10 percent chance Sunday.