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Cold front likely to bring rain to Bradenton, say forecasters

MANATEE -- A cold front expected to move through the Tampa Bay region today was expected to bring showers and maybe a thunderstorm or two followed by cooler temperatures.

For Bradenton, the National Weather Service was calling for isolated showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1 p.m.. and a high near 72. Southerly winds 14 mph to 18 mph were expected to become westerly, with gusts of up to 25 mph.

The chance of rain was listed at 80 percent.

The front was expected to bring widespread showers, but the Weather Service said limited instability would keep thunderstorms "to a minimum."

For tonight, the chance of rain drops to 20 percent as temperatures drop to about 58, with westerly winds of about 15 mph and gusts of up to 21 mph.

For Tuesday, forecasters were calling for partly sunny skies, with a chance of sprinkles, and a high of 70. Westerly winds were expected to hit 15 mph to 17 mph, with gusts of up to 24 mph.

Low temperatures were expected to drop to 55 on Tuesday night and 48 on Wednesday night.

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