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Cold front brings winds and waves
Article published on Sunday, March 24, 2013
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Cooler temperatures and brisk winds are forecast Monday and Tuesday around Tampa Bay.
Cooler temperatures and brisk winds begin the week in Tampa Bay. The National Weather Service advises to expect an increase in the risk of rip currents. A small craft advisory is in effect.

A Beach Hazards Statement for rip currents remains in effect through Monday evening as robust onshore winds and elevated waves on Gulf waters are expected.

A rip current is a 10- to 30-yard wide channel of water that can pull even a strong swimmer into deeper water. Other hazards are possible. Heed lifeguard warnings.

A small craft advisory is in effect from 2 a.m. through Monday afternoon. West winds of 10 to 15 knots are forecast becoming northwest around 20 knots after midnight. Seas three to five feet, building to four to six feet are expected. Bay and inland waters will be choppy.

On Monday, northwest winds 20 to 25 knots will diminish to 15 to 20 knots late with seas of four to seven feet diminishing to three to five feet Monday night. Bay and inland water will remain choppy.

Monday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, breezy with cooler temperatures. Highs are expected in the mid-60s with a northwest wind of 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Monday night’s low is expected to drop to around 50 with northwest winds about 15 mph.

Skies are forecast to be partly cloudy on Tuesday with a high around 60 and northwest winds of 15 to 20 mph. Lows Tuesday night could drop down into the 40s with north winds of 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

Skies will clear on Wednesday with temperatures remaining in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Thursday is forecast to be sunny with a high around 70 and lows in the mid-50s.
Article published on Sunday, March 24, 2013
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