BRADENTON — After one of the coldest Marches in history, spring is finally on the way.
The average temperature last month at Tampa International Airport was 61.4 degrees, the fifth coldest March on record.
It also marked only the third time since the National Weather Service began keeping records that March was colder than any of the previous four months.
But all that begins to change this week.
Temperatures are expected to in lows 80s the first part of the week and the mid to high 70s later in the week.
"This first week of April will be pretty much what we expect it to be for springtime in Tampa Bay,'' said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez. "Most of us will make it into the 70s and 80s for most of the week."
Rain is possible today, with forecasters giving a 40 percent chance of showers as a low pressure system moves ashore over Florida.
Patchy fog could develop tonight as lows dip into the upper 50s to low-60s.
More rain also is possible on Thursday and Friday as another low pressure system brings the possibility of rain and thunderstorms.