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Forecast: Gradual clearing across Tampa Bay, and relief from rain, as front sags south

Clouds are lingering across the Tampa Bay area as a cold front that dumped 1 1/2 inches of rain on downtown Tampa on Monday slowly sags south and approaches the region.

But the chance of the immediate Tampa Bay region seeing the same powerful storms that rolled through a day earlier are less likely, according to the National Weather Service.

Residents will notice slightly cooler morning temperatures and lower humidity, and highs on Tuesday will only top out in the low 80s as the cloudy conditions will prevail throughout the day, forecasters said.

Some areas could see some stray early sprinkles. Ahead of the front, a line of storms that lurks in the Gulf of Mexico could produce a chance of scattered isolated showers earlier in the day.

But the better chance of stronger storms will be inland and to the south of Interstate 4 this afternoon, forecasters said, as a westerly sea breeze is expected to push widespread showers and storms in that direction through the late afternoon and early evening.

Rain chances will gradually lessen tonight, and once the front finally sinks to the south on Wednesday, peeks of sunshine will emerge from the clouds. The front will be replaced with high pressure that will produce lower humidity by Wednesday, with increasing sunshine, warming temperatures and a return of 90-degree highs approaching the weekend.

Contact Carl Lisciandrello at clisciandrello@tampabay.com. Follow @carlmarks_Times

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