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Sweater weather to blow in

By LEANORA MINAI

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 4, 2000


Don't put away those sweaters.

A cold snap will swing through the Tampa Bay area today, bringing showers, gusty winds and one last spring chill.

By midafternoon, the rain from the Mississippi Valley will move on to Lake Okeechobee, but clear skies and unseasonably low temperatures will remain in the Tampa Bay area through Thursday.

"Open up the windows and air out the house before summer gets here and it gets too hot," said National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Davis.

Forecasters are predicting temperatures in St. Petersburg and Tampa to drop to the lower 50s. Counties along the North Suncoast could see temperatures in the 40s. "You might have some wind chill up there," Davis said.

The forecast through Thursday is sunny skies with temperatures in the low to mid-70s, about 10 degrees below normal. Winds will gust from 15 to 20 mph.

Friday and Saturday will be milder, partly cloudy with temperatures near 80 degrees.

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