Humid & warm today

7:24 AM, Feb 23, 2013   |    comments
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Look for warm and dry weather today. There is a small chance of rain during the afternoon in eastern Polk and Highlands counties. By the evening showers could pop up around the Nature Coast and be offshore the Suncoast Sunday morning.   Showers and a few storms increase Sunday afternoon. The warm front lifts north taking showers away from Tampa Monday.  A strong front moves in Tuesday with a 70% of rain and storms.  It turns cold Friday and next weekend with a freeze possible Sunday morning.

Today A 20 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 5 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1am. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 66. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 81. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 5 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday Night A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. South wind 11 to 13 mph. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. West wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. West wind 6 to 9 mph.

Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. West wind 3 to 7 mph.

Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

Meteorologist Mark Collins