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Cool Tampa Bay temperatures to warm to normal by Christmas Eve

Looks like Santa might need to trade his sleigh for a surf board after all.

Temperatures that dipped below freezing Sunday morning in some areas across Tampa Bay are expected to hike back up to a normal, low 70s by today and give way to a nice mix of sun and clouds on Christmas Day.

An area of high pressure was behind the dip in mercury late Saturday through early Sunday, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker.

Temperatures in Brooksville plummeted to 28 degrees, while Tampa and most of Pinellas stayed in the 40s. That excludes St. Petersburg, which didn't dip below 52.

It was indeed chilly, Linker said, but no records came anywhere close to being broken.

"Technically it's colder than what's quote-unquote normal," Linker said. "But it's normal to have swings in temperature this time of year."

So expect high temperatures in the low 70s Christmas Eve, and then in the mid-70s Tuesday.

Want to get in some boating or beach time on the holiday?

Linker said the wind and surf will be "relatively light" through Wednesday, when the winds will start to pick up.

Cool Tampa Bay temperatures to warm to normal by Christmas Eve 12/23/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 23, 2012 9:41pm]
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