Tampa Bay weather forecast

9:23 AM, Feb 11, 2010   |    comments
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We'll see a good amount of sunshine through the morning and into the afternoon but you should notice a trend toward more in the way of filtered sunshine this afternoon as mid and high clouds increase across the area. 

Winds will still be breezy at times but not nearly as gusty as yesterday and temperatures will once again struggle to the mid 50s (average high is in the low 70s).

Marine Forecast...

NW winds persist but not as strong as yesterday.  Still, they'll run 10 - 15 kts with seas in the 3 to 4 foot range and a little higher offshore.  Bay will have a moderate chop this afternoon.

Tonight's Forecast...

Area of low pressure in Texas early today is moving across the Gulf of Mexico overnight.  Clouds will continue to spread across the area and thicken through the night.  I expect to see some patches of rain develop very late tonight and through the sunrise from Tampa Bay and areas north to Levy County.  Low temperatures will drop to 42 - 48 across the area.

Friday's Forecast...

Periods of rain expected and I'm taking the chance you'll see rain to 100%.  The forecast track of the low is near or south of Tampa Bay and this will put us on the chilly side of the system.  In fact, as rain falls into the cold dry air in place from today into tonight, the temperature will rain-cool and remain nearly steady through the day Friday.  End result, a soggy, raw Friday on tap with highs only from 51 - 56 and some areas north of Tampa Bay stuck in the upper 40s.

Rainfall Amounts:  At this time, I expect a fairly widespread .50" to 1.00" rain across the area.

Fortunately this system is long gone by the time we get you into Saturday but in its wake, gusty northwest winds with more cold air and a very small 10% chance of a sprinkle or light shower through about 10:00am as scattered clouds off the gulf pass through.  Saturday afternoon turns out partly sunny, windy with highs only in the lower to mid 50s.



Meteorologist Chris Suchan

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