As we await our next storm system, a nice warm breeze will carry us through the middle of the week.

On the heels of a departing high-pressure system, winds out of the south will drive near 80-degree temperatures into Tampa Bay Wednesday afternoon. Wind speeds will generally be between 10-15 mph with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Skies will be partly sunny with periods of sunshine mixed with some cloud cover.

An area of low-pressure gathering strength in the Central Plains will track northeast through the Midwest, with its cold front sweeping through south of it. 

Widespread showers and storms ahead of this front will swing through Tampa Bay through Thursday morning before cooler temperatures begin to arrive behind the front Thursday evening. Heavy rain and gusty winds will be possible with this front, but the threat for severe weather will remain relatively low.

Once the rain tapers off Thursday afternoon cooler air will already be on its way. High temperatures Thursday will only be in the middle 60s with temperatures then returning to the middle 40s by Friday morning.

The next chance of rain will arrive late Saturday night into Sunday as a storm system tracks northeast out of the Florida Straights. 

- Meteorologist Grant Gilmore

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