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Bundle up: Chill will linger in Tampa Bay

TREASURE ISLAND — As the sun set and the temperature dropped Sunday, Bobbie Mangus sipped hot coffee on the beach with her legs wrapped in a plaid fleece blanket.

The chill at the weekly drum circle at the beach kept the crowd smaller than usual, but the chill didn't bother Mangus a bit.

It was nothing compared to the weather back home in Charleston, W. Va.

"It's snowing today," said Mangus, 54.

The cold spell that hit Tampa Bay on Sunday won't produce snow, but it will continue to send a chill for the next couple of days with below-normal temperatures, weather forecasters said.

Most of the region will see temperatures in the low 40s this morning, with afternoon highs topping out in the mid to upper 60s.

Hernando and Citrus counties might even see frost, with early-morning temperatures in the low 30s, Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik said.

Normal temperatures for this time of year are usually much warmer, with highs in the upper 70s and lows in the 60s.

Blame a high pressure system drawing cold air from the Midwest, said Tom Dougherty, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

This morning should be the coldest, but a second wave scheduled to move through the area Tuesday night will make for a chilly Wednesday morning. Temperatures Wednesday are forecast to be in the low 40s again for much of the region.

A slow warming trend toward the end of the week should bring some classic fall weather with warm, sunny days and cool nights, Dougherty said.

"The days are going to be relatively mild, at least in the 60s, and the winds are going to decrease, so the afternoons will be sunny and kind of pleasant," Dougherty said.

Which could mean a larger crowd for the drum circle next week.

Rita Farlow can be reached at farlow@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4162.

Bundle up: Chill will linger in Tampa Bay 11/16/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 5:48am]
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