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Cooler weather is only paying a visit

For the past three days — and until Tuesday, at least — a nip of winter has coaxed sweaters from closets and quieted that ever-present noise of summertime: the air conditioner.

During daytime hours this weekend, miles of sunshine mixed with the high temperatures in the 60s produced nothing short of autumnal revelry.

Walking dogs, a day in the park, even checking the mail meant a breath of crisp air — and a respite from a warm October that saw its share of sweltering and muggy afternoons.

Just one example: All along the waterfront in St. Petersburg, thousands Saturday enjoyed the weather with music and culture for the city's centennial celebration of its parks along the bay.

During nights in some areas, temperatures dropped into the 40s and heaters clicked on to match.

But, according to Bay News 9 meteorologist Brian McClure, this taste of chilly weather is fleeting — a cold front that came and is on its way out.

"We're going to start moderating. We've seen the coldest of it," McClure said. "We're predicting 40s Monday morning, 70s by Monday afternoon and on Tuesday, highs in the mid to upper 70s."

The average high for this time of year is about 80, and about 75 toward the end of the month.

And for those who experienced their first Florida winter only earlier this year, no, that was not normal.

"We had three straight months of tremendous below-average temperatures," McClure said. "Our personal opinion is this winter is going to be much more typical."

For those who forgot, what is a normal Florida winter again?

"A few cold days, followed by five to seven mild days, then a few cold days again," McClure said.

By cold, he means around 53, and mild, around 70.

Dominick Tao can be reached at (727) 580-2951 or dtao@sptimes.com.

Cooler weather is only paying a visit 11/07/10 [Last modified: Sunday, November 7, 2010 11:00pm]
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