Temperatures are set to drop Wednesday and keep dropping, Tampa Bay. Itís time to take tonightís lows seriously.
Thatís why cold shelters are opening in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties.
The highs will reach the 60s Wednesday afternoon, but when the winds pick up and the sun sets, the lows will fall into the 20s and the 30s. Those living inland and in Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties can expect the coldest temps.
The National Weather Service already declared a freeze watch for the Tampa Bay region through Thursday morning. Itís time to bring pets inside, cover up plants and check on those most vulnerable to low temperatures.
Donít be surprised if the weather service declares a freeze warning hours beforehand, signaling that temperatures will drop below 28 degrees, threatening plants.
As if that wasnít bad enough, Pinellas County leads the state in influenza outbreaks, and more cases have already been reported across Florida than in previous years.
Hereís what you need to know about shelter openings in your area:
Pinellas County: Shelters will open Wednesday and Thursday between 6 and 6:30 p.m. and close the following morning at approximately 6 a.m.
Shelter guests are provided a hot evening meal and breakfast the following morning. The shelters are open through Friday night.
Families with children who need shelters should call Tampa Bay Cares at 211 to locate family shelters. The shelters listed below are for adults.
The shelters are also in need of donations of twin-size blankets and other warm clothing, and those items can be dropped off at any of the shelters below:
Clearwater: Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S Fort Harrison Ave., call (727) 446-3001. This shelter opens at 5 p.m.
St. Petersburg: Northwest Presbyterian Church. 6330 54th Ave. N, call (727) 544-4551.
The Turning Point, 1810 Fifth Ave. N, call (727) 823-7811.
Salvation Army, 1400 Fourth St. S, call (727) 822-4954.
My Place in Recovery, 1655 16th St. S., call (727) 244-0427.
Pinellas Park: Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast, 7790 61st St. N, call (727) 547-5437.
Tarpon Springs: First United Methodist Church, 501 E Tarpon Ave., call (727) 937-3271.
Hillsborough County: Anyone who is physically unable to reach a cold weather shelter is asked to call (813) 272-7272 from 5:30 and 8 p.m. Most shelters open for adults and families at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Donations of blankets are also being accepted.
Brandon: Brandon Community Center, 510 E Sadie St., call (813) 635-8179. Pets welcome.
Town ĎN Country: Jackson Springs Recreation Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Road, call (813) 554-5004. Pets welcome.
Plant City: Hands of Hope Outreach, 310 N Collins St., call (813) 323-4013.
Wimauma: Wimauma Senior Center, 5714 North St., call (813) 671-7672.
Tampa: Metropolitan Ministries, 2106 N Florida Ave., call (813) 209-1077 after hours. Motel vouchers are passed out here before 5 p.m.
Salvation Army, 1514 N Florida Ave., call (813) 226-0055 after hours. Shelter for adults.
Pasco County: These adult shelters will be open at 6 p.m. and close the next morning at 7 a.m. through Thursday. Those seeking family shelters are asked to call the United Way at 211.
Holiday: Joining Hands Mission, 3333 U.S. 19 N, Suite 1, (727) 215-8084.
Dade City: Restored Hope, call (352) 437-4815 before 6 p.m. (appointment only).
Zephyrhills: Samaritan Project, call (813) 810-8670 before 9 p.m. (appointment only).
Hernando County: There are two shelters available from Jericho Road Ministries. Anyone who needs shelter should contact the shelters below:
Brooksville: Menís shelter, 1090 Mondon Hill Road, call (352) 799-2912, ext. 103.
Womenís shelter: Maryís House Shelter, 1163 Howell Ave., call (352) 799-2912, ext. 109.