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Spring weather may be here to stay, forecasters say

TAMPA - We’re in Florida. It has to get warm. Right? The answer, finally, is yes. Just in time for Easter, the unseasonably cool temperatures have given way to a more typical weather pattern. “We’re heading into a bit of a warming trend,” said Robert Garcia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin. “Easter weekend, for the most part, is pretty good.”
For the Easter Sunday early risers planning to attend sunrise services, temperatures will be about 50 degrees in the area, considerably warmer than most mornings during the last week. Then it’s going to heat up, with highs near 80 the next few days. “Those Easter egg hunts will be warmer,” Garcia said. “Hopefully, the colder days are behind us and we’re getting closer to summertime.’’ No rain is expected this weekend for the Tampa area, though we could get rain from Wednesday into Thursday, Garcia said. The area could use the moisture. Since January, Tampa has gotten 3.62 inches of rain. The average for the first three months of the year is 7.69 inches, Garcia said, though last year also saw less than four inches by April 1. “This is our drier season, so it’s much more difficult to predict how much rain we’re going to have,” Garcia said. “You never know when that light switch will turn on and here comes the rain.’’

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