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Heavy rain will drench Tampa Bay on Thursday, ushering in cold front

Low temperatures Friday through early next week could fall to the upper 50s for Pasco and Hernando counties.
The seven-day forecast for Tampa Bay calls for rain then falling temperatures.
The seven-day forecast for Tampa Bay calls for rain then falling temperatures. [ Spectrum Bay News 9 ]
Published Oct. 27
Updated Oct. 28

Tampa Bay is forecast to have its first true cold front of the season this weekend with low temperatures dipping into the upper 50s starting Friday and lasting through early next week.

Before you reach for your sweatshirts and flannels, though, throw on a rain jacket.

Thunderstorms are expected to enter the region Thursday ahead of the front, said Spectrum Bay News 9 Meteorologist Juli Marquez.

Related: THURSDAY UPDATE: Tornado watch in effect until 5 p.m. for Tampa Bay as strong storms expected

The rain chance is 80 percent Thursday and gusty winds are expected. There is also a chance the showers will develop into severe thunderstorms, Marquez said, and the National Weather Service in Ruskins warned that isolated tornadoes could pop up.

The chance of rain Friday is 30 percent and 20 percent on Saturday. No rain is expected Sunday, Halloween, when a high of 76 and a low of 61 is expected for Tampa. Hernando and Pasco counties will likely see temperatures dip into the upper 50s.

“It will be nice weather for trick-or-treaters,” Marquez said.

The weather is expected to slowly warm up after the weekend, Marquez said, but will remain dry and pleasant. A high of 79 is expected Monday and 81 Tuesday. Lows will dip into the upper 50s in the region’s northern counties.