Beautiful weekend ahead as warmup underway

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A cool start will give way to a warm afternoon under partly cloudy skies Friday.

The high is expected to reach 77, meteorologist Zach Maloch said. A slight chance for a sprinkle or an isolated shower exists for northern parts of Southwest Florida. Low clouds and haze could develop Saturday morning in the same areas.

A high of 78 is in the offing for Saturday, according to Maloch, who forecasts the return of the 80s on Sunday, with a high of 82.

A cold front is sitting to the north and will continue moving south, but it will weaken and slow down.

“The reason it slows down as well as dissipates is because high pressure just off to the north, and that clockwise flow, that northeasterly breeze, will keep temperatures actually on the warmer side,” Maloch said.

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