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Forecast: Cold front brings short reprieve to heat across Tampa Bay

A cold front that dumped nearly an inch of rain in Tampa on Sunday night has passed to the south, leaving more comfortable conditions throughout the region.

At least for a day.

Wake-up temperatures are starting off in the upper 60s, according to the National Weather Service, and pleasant breezes from the northwest as the front drags south will keep highs on Monday just below 80. Drier air will result in lower humidity later in the day as skies clear.

The cooler temperatures will last into Tuesday morning with lows dipping below 60. But that now-familiar warmth and sticky conditions will make a quick return, as highs will climb back into the mid 80s with winds shifting from the east as a high-pressure system takes hold.

The heat, and minimal rain chances, will last into midweek, when another cold front arrives on Thursday, forecasters said. That will lead to the possibility of severe thunderstorms on Friday ahead of a cool weekend with highs staying below 80.

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