The much talked-about frontal boundary blew through Tampa Bay around noon on Thursday. While all locations received some rainfall, the heaviest recorded amount was only 0.17 inches in Clearwater.
Prior to the front’s arrival, highs climbed into the lower 70s. Behind the boundary, temperatures had dropped into the upper 50s and lower 60s by 6 p.m.
Tampa Bay residents noticed the winds more than the rain on Thursday. While rain was light, areas across west-central Florida sustained winds of 20 miles per hour (mph) with gusts over 30 mph. Behind the front, the rain ended and the temperatures dropped, but the cloud cover had yet to break as the sun set across the area.
The clouds will break during the day on Friday, but the 80 degree weather residents and vacationers have experienced over the last couple of weeks are not returing for a while.
Friday’s forecast for Tampa Bay
The weather forecast for Friday around Tampa Bay calls for partly cloudy to partly sunny skies, with gusty northwesterly winds funneling in additional cool air from early morning through the late afternoon hours.
An isolated light shower cannot be ruled out, but coverage will be no higher than 20 percent. After morning lows between 42 and 55 degrees, highs by the afternoon will range from 65 to 72 degrees across the area.
Weather for Saturday through Monday
The forecast for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in Tampa Bay calls for partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies, with precipitation coverage no higher than ten percent any of the three days. Morning lows will range from 50 to 62 degrees, with highs varying from 72 to 80 degrees around the area.
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