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Winter Olympics: Warmer than Tampa

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

The winter Olympics are being held in a picturesque waterfront vacation town with temperatures in the 60s. Sound familiar? It might be easy to mistake Sochi for Tampa, at least when it comes to weather.

A cold front will move through the Bay Area tonight, lowering our temperatures just as the Russian resort town of Sochi enjoys a heat wave. If forecasts hold true, Tampa's weather on Thursday will be just about the same as that at the winter Olympics.

The temperature in Sochi soared to 63 degrees on Wednesday, prompting Olympic visitors to grab a nap on a bench outside a venue or hit the nearby beach for some impromptu sunbathing and even a dip in the Black Sea.

"I think it should always be like this," said Yuri Valyeyev, a resident of Bryansk, between Sochi and Moscow, who came to work construction during the Olympics. "We are glad that it is held in Russia. Being a Russian I am very glad because everywhere in Russia is cold and here is warm."

"Yes, the weather is absolutely gorgeous, which is, of course, challenging," Sochi 2014 spokeswoman Aleksandra Kosterina said. But, she added: "Nothing we are not prepared for."

Olympic organizers have been storing snow on the mountain to use in case the existing pack melts too low, but Kosterina said on Wednesday they have yet to tap into it.

Back here in Tampa, FOX 13 meteorologist Jim Weber expects strong and possibly severe storms this evening ahead of the cold front, which will leave us with a high around 64 tomorrow.

The cooler air will hang around for a few days but there will be plenty of sun over the weekend, so feel free to head outside and channel your inner Olympian.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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