Before Tampa Bay residents can enjoy a comfortable New Year's weekend, they will have to endure a short blast of cold.
Tuesday's rain didn't last too long as showers rolled through the region as the leading edge of a cold front, meteorologists said. But the cool air behind the rain will hang on for at least two days.
"There's no real cold air coming in, just enough to cool us down for a little bit," said Bay news 9 meteorologist Mike Clay said.
Temperatures Wednesday and Thursday will likely only reach the low to mid 60s, according to the National Weather Service.
At night, the mercury could drop into the mid-40s in Tampa and St. Petersburg, while Hernando and Citrus counties could see lows in the 30s, Clay said.
Over the weekend, meteorologists said, conditions will return to normal. Highs in the 70s are expected in time for the new year.