Residents can remove the sheets and blankets from their sensitive plants. Blueberry, strawberry and citrus growers can get some sleep.
The subfreezing temperatures from earlier this week have lifted, mild wintertime weather has returned, and there's little cause for concern in the coming days.
After the temperature plunged to 19 degrees early Wednesday morning at the Hernando County Airport, south of Brooksville, a low of 23 was recorded in the early morning hours of Thursday. Bay News 9 recorded lows of 26 in Weeki Wachee and 27 in Spring Hill.
Early today, however, the thermometer was expected to drop no lower than the high 30s across Hernando, and nighttime lows over the weekend were expected to be mostly in the 40s — and in the 50s early next week.
Daytime highs are forecast for the low to mid 70s through the middle of next week, with sunny weather at least through Monday
After that, things become a little more uncertain, but subfreezing temperatures are not part of the seven-day forecast.
"There's a storm system moving in the middle part of next week," said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez. "There could be some colder air behind it, but maybe not as cold as this week. There could be some rain, maybe next Tuesday or Wednesday, then a front would come through, and we could get some cooler weather."
The average January daytime high temperature in Hernando County is in the low 70s; the average low is in the high 40s.