Tampa Bay awoke to a chilly and windy Wednesday, and meteorologists warn it will get colder come nightfall.
Wednesday morning temperatures were in the mid 40s to low 50s across the Tampa Bay area, with winds about 15 to 20 mph, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.
Clearwater saw gusts up to 30 mph, she said.
"It will be pretty much cold and windy all day long," Marquez said.
The rest of the day will be in the low 50s, well below the average high of 71, she said.
A freeze watch is in effect for Pasco and Hernando counties Wednesday night. Marquez expects those areas to reach the mid 20s to low 30s by Thursday morning.
Northern and eastern parts of Hillsborough County could also freeze, she said.
High temperatures Thursday will be in the upper 50s, she said, with sunny skies.
The cold notwithstanding, enjoy the sun while it lasts.
Friday marks the seemingly inevitable return of rain. A system developing in Texas and the western part of the Gulf of Mexico will head east and shower Florida on Friday.
The rain should be over Friday night, paving the way for a cool but clear Valentine's weekend, she said, with highs near 60 and a low of 40.
The cold plaguing the state isn't expected to let up any time soon, Marquez said. A couple more cold fronts are slated to move across the state next week.
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