A series of cold fronts en route to the Tampa Bay area will drop daytime highs into the 50s and low 60s through the week and likely bring freezing temperatures to several areas.
Fog and occasionally heavy rain Tuesday morning marked the start of what will be significant change through Saturday.
"It's going to be a real cool mid-to-late week,'' said Brian McClure, meteorologist with Bay News 9.
Temperatures should begin dropping Tuesday afternoon when cool dry air moves in behind the rainstorms. More cold air will follow as reinforcing fronts sweep across Florida over the next couple of days.
The high temperature Wednesday will be in the lows 60s.
From Thursday through Sunday the high in most of the Tampa Bay area probably won't get out of the 50s, with overnight lows in the low 40s or 30s and the 20s in areas immediately north of Tampa Bay.
The coldest temperatures likely will be Thursday night and Friday morning, with lows in the 30s in parts of Tampa Bay and the 20s in parts of Hernando and Citrus counties.
The colder temperatures likely will have farmers spraying some crops to protect from cold and weather officials issuing advisories about protecting plants and animals.