The Tampa Bay area awoke to light rain on Sunday, and heavier rain is coming throughout the morning. The good news is that the skies should clear in the afternoon.
Citrus County had received an inch of rain by noon, according to News Channel 8 meteorologist Bryan Bennett. He said most of the rain had fallen north and south of the Tampa Bay area.
Bennett added that most of the dark clouds will clear out by 2 p.m. in Pinellas County and areas to the north, while the clouds will move out of the Polk and Sarasota county areas by 5 p.m.
Clouds will remain for Sunday night, with a low of 61.
Monday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 74, and there is a 30 percent chance of showers after 1 a.m. The rest of the day will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.
For New Year’s Eve there is a remaining 20 percent chance of showers and a high near 68. There will be cloudy skies for Tuesday night with a low around 48.
New Year’s Day will be partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of showers. The high will be near 72. There is a 30 percent chance of showers Wednesday night. The low will be 54.
The chance of rain rises to 40 percent for Thursday with a high near 74. The low Thursday night will be 56.
Friday the area will finally see the skies clear and a high near 70.