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Tampa Bay is expected to have a pleasant, dry Thanksgiving next week

Early forecasts project there will be no rain on the holiday, with highs in the mid-70s.
Thanksgiving will be nice, but two separate cold fronts are expected to enter the region before then.
Thanksgiving will be nice, but two separate cold fronts are expected to enter the region before then. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]
Published Nov. 18
Updated Nov. 18

Tampa Bay is poised to have pleasant weather this Thanksgiving.

An early forecast from the National Weather Service says the region will have highs in the mid-70s after lows dip into the upper 40s in the morning. There is no rain expected for the region.

“Early indications are that we’re in for a really nice Thanksgiving day once temperatures warm up in the early afternoon,” said meteorologist Rick Davis of the National Weather Service.

Until then, however, we may need to grab a rain jacket. Two separate cold fronts are expected to enter the region before Thanksgiving, including one Thursday evening and another Tuesday.

The first front wasn’t expected to drop temperatures too low, but to drive a 60 percent chance of rain Thursday night and a 30 percent chance Friday. The highs for Saturday and Sunday will be about 80, with lows in the mid-60s. There will be a 20 percent chance of rain both days.

The more significant cold front will arrive on Tuesday, Davis said. It will drop temperatures as low as 40 in the northern parts of Tampa Bay on Wednesday, he said. The daily high won’t top 70. This second cold front will move past the region Thanksgiving morning, however, meaning pleasant temperatures at dinnertime.

Cold fronts and heavy rain usually go hand-in-hand. But those worried about thunderstorms ruining Monday Night Football, the New York Giants at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, need not worry. Davis said there is just a 20 percent chance of light showers Monday evening.

“Even if it does rain, Bucs fans won’t have to worry about anything heavy or lightning,” he said.