Thursday morning temperatures dipped to the lowest level experienced in Tampa Bay since early December. Morning lows included 42 degrees at MacDill Air Force Base, 44 at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport, 47 at the Tampa International Airport, and 54 at the St. Petersburg Albert Whitted Airport. Afternoon highs remained rather cool as well, but inched up a few degrees from the readings seen around Tampa Bay Wednesday afternoon. Highs observed around the area ranged between 67 and 70 degrees. Sunny skies, with only a few high level clouds, prevailed around Tampa Bay. Humidity levels were low, as dew point temperatures hovered in the 40s.
Another cold night with patchy frost possible
Even colder conditions could be on tap for Tampa Bay by Friday morning, though proximity to the unseasonably warm waters of Tampa Bay will greatly influence any given location’s temperatures. While morning lows may drop as low as 35 degrees in the sheltered areas of eastern Hillsborough County, locations such as downtown St. Petersburg could stay in the lower 50s. Tampa and the immediate suburbs should drop to between 42 and 47 degrees. Temperatures in the middle and upper 30 lead to the possibility of frost well away from the coast. Patchy frost to the north of Tampa Bay will be closer to the coast than in areas south of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Area. The Tampa Bay Area National Weather Service has alerted inland areas as far south as Hardee and DeSoto Counties, and locations well inland from the coast in Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte Counties for the possibility of patchy frost.
The warm-up for New Years Weekend
By Friday afternoon, the colder morning temperatures should begin to fade away into unpleasant memories for Tampa Bay residents trying to avoid the colder weather. Highs on Friday will range from 67 to 73 degrees under sunny skies. Saturday morning will be a bit warmer for the area, as lows will stay between 48 and 58 degrees. For Saturday afternoon, highs will top out between 72 and 78 degrees under mostly sunny skies. New Years Eve night and New Years Day morning will be seasonably cool, but not unpleasantly cold, with low temperature readings between 50 and 58 degrees. New Years Day will be partly cloudy, with high temperatures once again in the 72 to 78 degree range. Monday morning will feature lows of 50 to 58 degrees, though afternoon temperatures are expected to cool a bit behind a reinforcing shot of colder weather. Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs and the Michigan State Spartans should expect partly cloudy to partly sunny skies, with high temperatures of 65 to 72 degrees. Behind that front, temperatures will be cool well into next work week, but it is too early to be certain as to how low the highs and lows will be, or as to how long the below-normal stretch of temperatures will last in Tampa Bay. For more detailed weather information, visit the local National Weather Service website at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tbw/, and the Storm Team 8 Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/StormTeam8WFLA.