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Rain through Wednesday morning, then cooler air to hit Bradenton, Tampa Bay

From Bay News 9:

Thunderstorms and showers will continue around Tampa Bay Wednesday morning.

The thunderstorms come as a cold front approaches the Bay area, bringing with it slightly cooler weather.

Earlier in the day, Citrus County was under a severe thunderstorm watch, but that has since been canceled. According to Bay News 9 Chief Meteorologist Mike Clay, numerous showers and thunderstorms are storms still expected, but not likely to be severe.

The cold front is moving across the southeastern U.S. and has been bringing in storms in from the Gulf of Mexico starting today. By Wednesday afternoon, we'll have breezy conditions and drier, cooler air.

"Wednesday night will be cooler with lows in the mid-60s around Tampa Bay and some 50s in our northern counties," Clay said.

But the break from the heat will only come after those showers and thunderstorms pass through the area on Tuesday and Wednesday. Rain chances today are 70 percent and 50 percent for Wednesday morning.

"It will be cooler and drier Thursday through Saturday as high pressure builds into the area from the west," Clay said.