Forecast: Warm on Wednesday; Cold Front for Thursday

8:45 PM, Jan 15, 2013   |    comments
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We will have one more picture perfect day across the area on Wednesday with above average temperatures and mostly sunny skies. Clouds will begin to increase late in the day.  Expect daytime highs near 80 degrees, with light southerly winds.  For tonight, we will see partly cloudy skies, light winds from the southeast, and mild temps.  Patchy fog will be a possibility, especially for inland areas.  Lows will range from the mid 60's at the coast to the upper 50's for northern and inland zones.

Thursday will be our transition day as a cold front pushes south across the area.  Showers will accompany the front giving us a 50% chance of rain, mainly between the hours of 8 AM and 6 PM.  Tampa Bay and points north will likely see more rain then our southern communities.  Lows will drop into the 40's and 50's by Friday morning.  The front will push into South Florida where it will stall. An area of low pressure will develop to our east along the stationary frontal boundary and will keep a slight chance of sprinkles in our forecast for Friday and Saturday.

Overnight Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. West wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Patchy fog inland

Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday A chance of showers between 8am and 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest 12 to 17 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday A slight chance of sprinkles after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Saturday A slight chance of sprinkles. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. North wind 7 to 9 mph.

Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

M.L.King Day Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.