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It's colder than normal, but wind, clouds keep Tampa Bay above predicted lows

A swimmer participates in an early morning workout for the Masters program at the North Shore Aquatic Complex in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, despite the cold weather.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

A swimmer participates in an early morning workout for the Masters program at the North Shore Aquatic Complex in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, despite the cold weather.

It's colder than normal but not as cold as expected.

Wind and clouds kept temperatures in check around Tampa Bay, preventing Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties from reaching their predicted lows, said John McMichael, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Still, temperatures were about 20 degrees colder than normal.

Tampa was expected to hit about 33 degrees overnight, but before dawn Tuesday the coldest reading was 38. St. Petersburg reached 42, one degree higher than its predicted low.

It was 33 degrees in Brooksville instead of the mid 20s. Pasco remained in the low 30s, compared to the predicted 29, McMichael said.

Like Monday, Tuesday temperatures won't rise above the 50s. Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez predicts Tuesday's high temperature in Tampa will be 56 degrees, which is the average low temperature for the day. The average high is 73 degrees.

Tuesday night will be very cold before warming at week's end. A freeze warning is in effect tonight through Wednesday morning for all bay area counties except Pinellas, Marquez said.

"What we're expecting tomorrow morning is that the wind may be lighter, which would allow the temperatures to be colder than they were this morning," Marquez said.

That means some areas could reach predicted lows and cities north or east of Tampa could reach freezing weather, Marquez said.

Pasco and Hernando counties are expected to chill down to the 20s overnight. Tampa could hit 34 degrees, and northern Hillsborough is expected to drop to the upper 20s. Pinellas should stay in the upper 30s or lower 40s, McMichael said.

Wednesday night temperatures are expected to be in the 30s before giving way to daytime highs in the 60s on Thursday. It is expected to warm up to the 40s on Thursday night, but northern parts of Hernando could have freezing weather.

Friday will also have daytime highs in the 60s, McMichael said.

It's colder than normal, but wind, clouds keep Tampa Bay above predicted lows 12/07/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 10:52am]
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