Portions of the Tampa Bay area under a freeze warning as this weekend’s cold blast extends into the start of the workweek.
The freeze warning is in effect until 8 a.m. for inland Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties and areas to the north as temperatures could fall between 27 and 32 degrees for 2-4 hours early Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Residents in the immediate Tampa Bay area are waking up to lows in the upper 30s to low 40s, but in the low 50s along the coast, 10Weather WTSP meteorologist Grant Gilmore said.
They are the coldest temperatures on the winter season, but not the year as lows fell to 31 in Tampa on Jan. 13, Gilmore said.
With high pressure firmly in control, highs on Monday will climb into the low 60s with bright sunshine and light northerly breezes after a day in which winds whipped up to gusts of 20-25 mph, Gilmore said.
Lows will only fall to the low 50s Monday night — and in the low 40s along the Nature Coast.
Temperatures will warm into the low 70s on Tuesday, with a few more clouds ahead of an approaching cold front that will drop temperatures again on Wednesday before another warming trend toward the end of the week, Gilmore said.
Another cool start to the day with temperatures mostly in the 30s and 40s across the area. Be sure to dress in layers as temperatures will recover to the 60s this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/0jN3o8WRTW— NWS Tampa Bay (@NWSTampaBay) December 11, 2017