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Rain chances drop in Tampa area with drier air on the way

We might soon be able to leave the umbrellas at home.

After more than three days of nearly continuous rain, the precipitation chance drops to about 40 percent today. By Friday and the weekend, skies should be generally clear and noticeably less humid.

There will still be scattered showers in the Tampa Bay area today along a weak cold front that is finally sinking south, according to News Channel 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann. The front has been stationary over north Florida the past fews days — and directing tropical moisture from low pressure across the region.

But by this afternoon, the front will start to bring drier air and significantly lower rain chances.

That drier air will be around throughout the weekend, as well more seasonal temperatures. Highs today and Saturday will be around 90, with lows in high 70s.

The deluge that started Sunday afternoon has caused scattered flooding across the region. On Wednesday, some of the worst flooding occurred in the Westchase neighborhood in Hillsborough County.

While Tampa International Airport recorded 2.52 inches of rain from Monday through Wednesday, there were pockets that reported much more. Oldsmar recorded 6.48 inches, Ruskin 4.19 and Apollo Beach 3.53 from Monday through Wednesday, said Richard Rude, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

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