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Colder-than-normal temperatures blanket Tampa Bay

Bob Valin, 51, and Heidi, his 7-year-old Yorkie mix, sit in a sunny spot on Shore Boulevard in Gulfport. Heidi was decked out in her winter sweater Thursday. “Otherwise she shivers a lot,” Valin said. “As long as the sun is beating down on me I feel all right.”

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Bob Valin, 51, and Heidi, his 7-year-old Yorkie mix, sit in a sunny spot on Shore Boulevard in Gulfport. Heidi was decked out in her winter sweater Thursday. “Otherwise she shivers a lot,” Valin said. “As long as the sun is beating down on me I feel all right.”

Tampa Bay residents were greeted by chilly, below-normal temperatures early Thursday after a cold front swept through the region.

Temperatures dropped into the 40s and high 30s across Tampa Bay — about 10 to 15 degrees below normal, according to meteorologists.

Tampa hit 42 degrees at the Tampa International Airport while temperatures at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport dropped to 44 degrees. The normal lows for this date in Tampa and St. Petersburg are 56 and 57 degrees, respectively.

With winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour and gusts of up to 25 mph, the "feels-like" temperature was closer to the mid to upper 30s.

"It's all thanks to the cold front that came through yesterday," said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

Temperatures will warm into the mid to upper 60s during the day Thursday.

Friday's lows are still expected to be chilly but not as cold as Thursday, with temperatures in the 40s and 50s. The winds also won't be as strong.

This weekend should see highs in the mid 70s and lows in the upper 50s and 60s.

Colder-than-normal temperatures blanket Tampa Bay 12/08/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 8, 2011 10:56am]

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