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Forecast: Clouds linger across Tampa Bay, but heat is returning

The Tampa Bay area will have to endure one more day of cloudy skies before a cold front effectively makes its way out of the region, leading to sunny skies but hotter temperatures heading into the weekend.

The front is leaving lingering cloud cover, but a pleasant side-effect is lower humidity that has removed those sticky conditions that prevailed in the early part of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

Lows on Wednesday morning are starting out near 70, but the drier air filtering in from the north is making those temperatures much more palatable. Some areas may experience a stray morning sprinkle, forecasters say, and there is a 20% chance of a isolated shower this afternoon and into the evening -- especially to the south and along the coast.

The sun returns in earnest on Thursday, forecasters say, with highs in the upper 80s and winds from the east. It will only get hotter, with highs surpassing 90 by Saturday and through the weekend.

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