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Cool start, warm finish for Gasparilla festivities

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Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Saturday's shaping up to be a near-perfect day for a pirate invasion.

A pleasantly cool morning will transition into a warm, mostly sunny day throughout the Tampa Bay area, providing ideal conditions for Saturday's Gasparilla Pirate Invasion and parade along Bayshore Boulevard, Storm Team 8 meterologist Leigh Spann said.

"If you're out early (Saturday), you may find a chill in the air," said Spann, who also warns parade-goers should break out plenty of sunscreen and water later in the day.

Temperatures will start out in the low- to mid-50s before climbing into mid-60s for the 11 a.m. pirate invasion, and a warm 74 during the parade.

Temperatures will remain comfortable today, and over the next few days, Spann said.

Citrus, Pasco and Hernando counties are under a dense fog advisory today until 9 a.m., but Spann said the fog will burn off quickly, with temperatures warming to the mid-70s.

A cold front that is bringing sleet and snow to North Carolina and other areas in the South today will push east on Saturday, but the Tampa area will possibly just see a few more clouds and no change in temperature, Spann said. Highs will climb to near 80 by early next week.

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