Forecast: Dense fog starts a warm and sunny day in Tampa Bay

Fog advisories are in effect for much of the bay area until 9 a.m.
Gray skies hover over downtown St. Petersburg early on Feb. 5, 2019, as some parts of the Tampa Bay area are experiencing thick morning fog. [CARL LISCIANDRELLO | Times]
Gray skies hover over downtown St. Petersburg early on Feb. 5, 2019, as some parts of the Tampa Bay area are experiencing thick morning fog. [CARL LISCIANDRELLO | Times]
Published February 5
Updated February 5

Tuesday starts with dense fog rolling through much of the area, lasting until after sunrise before giving way to sunshine and warmth.

The National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory for Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. The heaviest of the fog should remain toward the coast with Pinellas seeing some heavy patches. The fog is expected to last after sunrise and clear by 9 a.m.

Once the fog clears, the weather is expected to get warm and sunny with little cloud cover and temperatures in the middle 70s.

A system of high pressure holding near the Florida-Georgia line will head northeast Wednesday and wrap back around to go across Florida into the Gulf of Mexico. That will allow warm, dry air to hold over the region for the remainder of the week. Rain chances will be minimal, but some low-level moisture will support the chance for early morning and late night fogginess.

The Weather Service said temperatures will be above normal for most of the week, heading to the upper 70s and low 80s, while skies remain bright and sunny. Waters in the Gulf might still be cold, but it'll be the first week in a while where you can prop up an umbrella by the beach and take in some sunshine. Or, in the very least, head to your favorite putt-putt course.

A dry cold front is expected to come through on Saturday, but it's only expected to drop temperatures a few degrees into the middle 70s.

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