Forecast: Warm, dry Friday for Tampa Bay ahead of weekend cold front and rain

Temperatures will stay in the 80s Friday, but drop into the 70s over the weekend as a cod front pushes through the region.
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Published March 15

The trend of dry weather with unseasonably warm temperatures will continue Friday ahead of a weekend cold front that'll bring cooling and rain, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures Friday will peak near 83 degrees, right about where they've been all week. Skies should be mostly clear, however there is a small chance for a pop-up shower or two south of Interstate 4 this afternoon.

Things, however, will change heading into the weekend. A weakening cold front will push through the area early Saturday morning. Despite tracking as mostly dry, the Weather Service said moisture ahead of the front could bring some overnight fog. It'll also bring some cloud cover and about a 30-percent chance of rain.Showers and a possible thunderstorm could develop toward the afternoon. Sunday could also see rain, with chances at about 20 percent. The Weather Service said it won't always be raining Saturday night and Sunday, but rain is possible at any time.

The cold front will also cool temperatures down significantly. Saturday will stay around the low side of 80 degrees, but Sunday it drops to the low 70s and holds there through most of the week.

So whether you're checking out Reggae Rise Up, a St. Patrick's Day event or one of the many other things to do in the Tampa Bay area this weekend, make sure to be prepared for weather that's a little cooler and a little wetter than we've seen.

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