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Forecast: Cool and clear in Tampa Bay, ahead of rain and a quick chill

 
Seven-day forecast for Monday, March 5 in Tampa Bay.
Seven-day forecast for Monday, March 5 in Tampa Bay.
Published March 5, 2018

Clear skies are predicted across Tampa Bay, promising plenty of sunshine today with temperatures sticking around 74 degrees.

But rain is on its way, following by a big cool-down later this week.

Breezy weather will be consistent throughout Monday, circulating cool and dry air, according to the National Weather Service. Nighttime temperatures drop to around the mid 50s, a little warmer than the day is starting out.

A massive winter storm system is whipping through the Rocky Mountains and an associated cold front is driving down the Florida peninsula, forecasters said.

The front will arrive in Tampa Bay around Wednesday, raising rain chances to around 40 percent. The storms should clear up by Wednesday evening, giving way to cool temperatures.

Highs on Thursday will only reach the mid 60s in the immediate Tampa Bay area, with lows in northern areas dropping to 40 on Thursday night, forecasters said.

The chill won't last long, has highs return to the mid 70s by the weekend, forecasters said.

We spy yet another cold front coming our way Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. May even squeeze out a few brief raindrops ahead of this front, followed by dry conditions and below normal temperatures for the end of the work week. #flwx pic.twitter.com/72Gd8QEkR3

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