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Cooler weather arrives behind front

Published:   |   Updated: April 16, 2014 at 11:13 AM

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Parts of Hernando County received up to an inch of rain Tuesday as a brief but heavy downpour, accompanied by strong winds, hit around the lunch hour.

No injuries were reported.

The rains ushered in a cold front that will keep temperatures in the mid 70s Wednesday, or 8-10 degrees cooler than recent days.

Rain chances are light Wednesday and skies will turn cloudy as the day goes on, said Michael Lewis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

"It's not looking too bad," Lewis said.

Winds have been on the strong side in recent days and that is not unusual, Lewis said.

"This time of year, the winds are stronger and dynamic," he said.

Lewis said the tropical season starts in June and runs through September.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District's latest news release shows Hernando, along with five other counties in the water district's northern area, received 0.62 inches of rain through April 9. The average rainfall amount in April is 2.82 inches..

The aquifer level, the underground layer of rock that holds water, is at 2.73 feet, which is in the normal range. Last year at this time the aquifer was at 0.0 feet.

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