FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Wetter and much cooler this week

Things are getting pretty active in the atmosphere across the country - a trend that will bring wet and much cooler weather to the Suncoast this week.

A vigorous cold front is racing toward us after triggering severe storms in the Great Plains on Saturday night and along the central Gulf Coast Sunday. While there could be some strong storms in far northern Florida as the front passes there late Monday, they will loose much of their punch by the time they get south of Tampa Bay.  There is still a good chance we will see healthy amounts of rainfall on the Suncoast before cooler and drier air sets in on Wednesday.

Monday morning's rush hour could be a bit stormy as the first bands of rain and thunderstorms from the approaching front move ashore. Then, the main front should arrive shortly after midnight Tuesday with additional rain or thunderstorms. 

But the cool air really doesn't get here until a reinforcing cold front arrives on Wednesday. That means the coolest mornings will be on Thursday and Friday when lows will be in the upper 50s in most places. 

Steve Newman