More cool days before warming trend takes effect this weekend
Tuesday’s rain is gone, replaced by cool, dry and windy conditions as Tampa Bay area residents will need to keep their sweaters handy for the remainder of the work week. And perhaps the last time for the rest of the winter season. The area is under a small craft advisory as a high-pressure system has settled over the region, resulting in clear, sunny skies and brisk highs in the low-70s, according to the National Weather Service. Winds from the north will provide an additional chill as lows tonight will dip into the mid- to upper-40s.Thursday is expected to be even cooler, with highs in the mid- to upper-60s – nearly 10 degrees below normal – and lows dropping to the upper-30s in northern areas and low-40s near Tampa. More seasonal conditions will return starting Friday, with a warming trend pushing temperatures close to 80 this weekend and in the low-80s next week.