Forecast: Warmth and dryness continue Friday, but weekend could bring rain

Keep an eye on the weather before heading to the State Fair.
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Published February 8

The high-pressure system currently wrapping itself around Florida will stay in place Friday providing continued warmth dryness, but an approaching cold front stands to change things a bit once the weekend hits.

Temperatures since mid-week have been holding about 10 degrees above the normal of 72 thanks to that high pressure. Temperatures Thursday hit 81 degrees, just shy of the 83-degree record high set in 1994. The system has been holding over Florida as it spins like a top, cycling in warm and dry air. That continues Friday as the day starts around 61 degrees with patchy fog, but gives way to clear and sunny skies. Highs will hit the low 80s again before dropping to 71 after sunset.

The system will begin to make its way northeast as Friday turns to Saturday and a weak cold front will begin to push through Saturday. Temperatures will only drop to the middle 70s for Saturday as the front holds over the region, but it brings a 20-percent chance of rain. However, the National Weather Service said the rain should stay to the eastern and central portions of the state, with isolated showers possible in the bay area.

The front holds for about 24 hours and heads back up as warm front, heating things up near 80 again for Sunday and providing warmth to start the week.

Keep an eye on those rain chances this weekend before making plans for all the things to do this weekend, including the Florida State Fair's opening weekend and the Gasparilla Knight Parade.

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